People are being warned of an “unusual” symptom common in patients who have been infected with the omicron variant of covid-19.
Doctors say people with the new variant have complained of a “scratched” throat.
According to the ZOE Covid System study app, the most common symptoms reported by those suffering from the virus included a headache, runny nose, sore throat and sneezing, according to the study app of the ZOE Covid system, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Colds and respiratory viruses often produce these symptoms, but the type of sore throat found in Omicron patients has been specifically described as “itchy” by a number of people treated by South African physician Angelique Coetzee.
A itchy throat is apparently more itchy, while a sore throat is more painful.
Dr Maria Van Kerkhove told Reuters news agency: âIn terms of the severity profile, we have seen cases of Omicron ranging from mild illness to severe illness.
“There are indications that some of the patients have mild illness, but again, this is only the first few days.”
No deaths have been reported to Omicron so far, although it has been just over two weeks since the variant was first detected in the UK, and there is normally a three to one lag. four weeks between infection and death, if this occurs.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now advanced booster vaccination targets as part of the battle against the new variant.
He urged all who are eligible to “get a boost now”.