COVID instances have risen by 30 per cent within the UK, with hundreds of thousands now having been struck down with the bug.
As we head into winter, many are additionally seemingly experiencing coughs and sniffles – making it arduous to inform when you even have the virus or the frequent chilly.
In case you’ve had the virus earlier than, then you definitely may suppose you’d know precisely what to look out for.
However as strains have advanced and altered over the past two years, so have the signs.
Information from the ZOE Symptom Tracker app states that there are 20 signs Brits ought to be looking out for.
- Sore throat – 63.55%
- Runny nostril – 53.04%
- Headache – 53.02%
- Blocked nostril – 52.47%
- Cough no phlegm – 52.06%
- Sneezing – 47.02%
- Cough with phlegm – 45.79%
- Hoarse voice – 43.86%
- Muscle ache aches – 29.46%
- Fatigue – 22.97%
- Dizzy mild headed – 21.11%
- Altered odor – 19.82%
- Swollen neck glands – 17.72%
- Eye soreness – 16.41%
- Chest ache tightness – 16.26%
- Shortness of breath – 15.9%
- Lack of odor – 14.45%
- Earache – 13.96%
- Chills or shivers – 12.98%
- Joint ache shoulders – 11.08%
On Friday, official knowledge from the Workplace of Nationwide Statistics (ONS), revealed that 1.7million Brits presently have the bug, up from 1.3million final week.
Final week, one in 50 individuals had the bug, this has now risen to 1 in 35.
Figures from the workforce at ZOE additionally state that there are round 235,829 new each day symptomatic instances of Covid within the UK.
That is up nearly 34 per cent from 176,090 each day instances two weeks in the past, figures from ZOE exhibits.
As testing is not free, it may be troublesome to know whether or not or not you’ve got the bug.
So when you have a sore throat, there is a large likelihood it is Covid – nevertheless it might additionally simply be a sore throat which is often brought on by viruses just like the chilly or flu, or due to smoking.
Very sometimes, the NHS mentioned that sore throats will also be brought on by laryngitis, tonsillitis, strep throat or glandular fever.
As individuals proceed to fall ailing, medics have urged Brits to keep away from aged buddies or kinfolk so as to forestall the sickness being handed on.
Dr Mary Ramsay, Director of Public Well being Programmes on the UK Well being Safety Company (UKHSA), mentioned: “There are early indications that deaths with Covid-19 have additionally began to rise.
“While that is regarding, it’s too early to say whether or not these are deaths as a result of Covid-19 and it’s reassuring that at this stage there isn’t any general extra mortality.
“If you’re unwell or have signs of a respiratory an infection, it’s significantly necessary to keep away from contact with aged individuals or those that usually tend to have extreme illness due to their ongoing well being situations.
“Carrying a face overlaying may also assist cease respiratory infections spreading.”
Because the Omicron wave took maintain within the UK final yr, the bulk of people that get the bug are experiencing frequent chilly like indicators.
This pressure has been confirmed to be milder than people who have come earlier than it corresponding to Delta and Alpha.
The unfold of the bug might also be slower as a result of a mammoth vaccine rollout and the truth that many individuals have already been contaminated.
With one in 35 now having the bug, one knowledgeable warned that individuals must as soon as once more begin to take precautions.
Professor Denis Kinane, immunologist and Founding Scientist, Cignpost Diagnostics mentioned this contains utilizing facemasks and avoiding crowded indoor occasions.
He added: “So long as a portion of the inhabitants stays unvaccinated, the virus will proceed to mutate, and we might see newer and stronger strains emerge.
“The ending of common free testing and the dearth of a baseline surveillance system at our borders has severely lowered the UK’s functionality to establish, analyse, and stem the unfold of future variants.
“This has inevitably deterred many from getting examined, and it’s seemingly we’ll see infections unfold quickly as individuals is not going to bear in mind that there are contaminated.”