Sadiq Khan warns 'things only going to get worse' with Omicron
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Mounting evidence points to the effectiveness of getting a booster shot to stave off the threat of Omicron. The variant has been shown to avoid some of the attention of neutralising antibodies induced by two shots of a Covid vaccine. However, the booster shot increases protection by at least 70 percent, the latest evidence suggests.
Crucially, Omicron appears to result in a more mild form of the disease, this is in part owing to vaccine-induced immunity.
However, you can still experience a breakout infection of Omicron after getting your booster.
You can also experience symptoms, albeit in a milder form, according to a New York-based ER doctor.
Doctor Craig Spencer took to Twitter to report on the “mild” symptoms of Omicron he is seeing in the triple jabbed.
“By mild I mean mostly sore throat. Lots of sore throat,” Craig Spencer wrote on Twitter.
“Also some fatigue, maybe some muscle pain. No difficulty breathing. No shortness of breath. All a little uncomfortable, but fine.”
What are the main symptoms of Omicron?
A number of cold-like symptoms have been reported in people infected with the Omicron variant.
ZOE data scientists drew attention this symptom profile after analysing cases coming out of London, the epicentre of Omicron at the time.
The ZOE Symptom Study gathers data from users to its app, providing real-time updates on the symptoms and spread of Covid.
ZOE data scientists analysed symptom data from positive cases recorded in the ZOE COVID Study and compared with data from early October when Delta was dominant.
The analysis found no clear difference in the symptom profile of Delta and Omicron, with only 50 percent of people experiencing the classic three symptoms of fever, cough, or loss of sense of smell or taste.
The top five symptoms in both periods were:
- Runny nose
- Fatigue (mild or severe)
- Sore throat.
Contributor reports also identified loss of appetite and brain fog as common symptoms.
These findings line up with a small batch of data from contributors who reported that their positive PCR results were suspected or confirmed Omicron infections.
This may come as a surprise to some, as the UK government never updated guidance on COVID symptoms beyond the classic three symptoms.
Many months ago, the ZOE COVID Study helped to identify over 20, mostly mild, cold-like symptoms.
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