The country saw a 43 per cent rise in coronavirus cases at the start of June, apparently due to people gathering together to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee over the course of the four-day weekend.
A month later, the numbers are still high, with the increase being driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron, the strain that spread rapidly across the UK in December 2021 and January 2022 before gradually declining.
The number of cases in the UK rose 7 per cent to 3.8 million in the week ending July 14, up from 3.3 million the previous week, according to Office for National Statistics data.
“We are in a wave right now,” said Professor Tim Spector of the ZOE Covid app. “[We’re] Going in about a quarter of a million cases a day, that’s really a wave.”
“We’ve relaxed everything, most people don’t think there is a Covid problem at the moment, and most people aren’t wearing masks, or even worried about cold-like symptoms.”
Here, we look at some of the most common symptoms associated with Omicron and its offspring relative to a full vaccination — and a couple of early warning signs you may have.
The most common symptoms when fully vaccinated
Researchers in Norway conducted a study with 111 out of 117 guests at a party on November 26, 2021 where there was an outbreak of Omicron.
Among the interviewed group, 66 had confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 15 probable cases of the virus.
Of the 111 participants, 89% received two doses of the mRNA vaccine and none received a booster dose.
According to findings published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology European watchthere were eight main symptoms that the fully vaccinated attendee group experienced.
These were: persistent cough, runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fever and sneezing.
The study found that coughing, runny nose and fatigue were among the most common symptoms in vaccinated people, while sneezing and fever were less common.
Public health experts have also added nausea to this list of symptoms in vaccinated people who have had the Omicron variant.
Although the vaccine protects against the more serious risks of the virus, it is still possible to contract Covid even if you have had both the shots and the booster vaccine.
The mild nature of symptoms makes it difficult for people to distinguish between the virus and the common cold.
But, according to Professor Spector, about 50 percent of “new colds” currently are, in fact, Covid.
Two early warning signs you might have an omicron
Experts also suggest that there are two distinct symptoms that could be a sign that a positive test is around the corner: fatigue and episodes of dizziness or fainting.
More than just feeling tired, fatigue can translate into physical pain by causing sore or weak muscles, headaches and even blurry vision and loss of appetite.
Dr Angelique Coetzee, private practitioner and president of the South African Medical Association, said: Good morning Britain This fatigue was a major symptom of Omicron when the variant erupted in South Africa.
In fact, 40 percent of women reported experiencing fatigue due to Covid compared to a third of men, according to a WebMD survey that asked users how often they experienced fatigue from December 23, 2021, to January 4, 2022.
Dizziness or fainting is the second sign that you may have Omicron.
A report from Germany recently suggested there may be a link between fainting spells and omicron after doctors in Berlin found that Covid was causing frequent dizzy spells in a 35-year-old hospitalized patient.
German newspaper Arztezeitung He said doctors could see a “clear link” between infection and fainting spells.