Covid-19: 3 most common symptoms of new wave revealed

Covid-19 has been rising at an increasing rate and the UK has hit a new high record, amidst this, there are three most common symptoms of the new wave.

The UK’s Covid-19 infections have hit a record new high recently. According to data from the ZOE Covid Study - as of July 11 - there were 349,773 new symptomatic infections every day. As such, doctors have identified three main symptoms to watch out for.

Look after these symptoms

Mirror has reported that the estimated R-value is about 1.1 for the UK. Moreover, 1 in 15 people in the UK has Covid-19. Amidst this, the scientists have warned to look out for – sore throat, blocked nose and dry cough – as these three are the most common symptoms of the new wave of Covid-19. Even full-vaccinated people are still catching Covid-19 as multiple variants co-exist.

Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 are in circulation at the same time. ZOE’s Scientific Co-Founder and lead scientist on the ZOE Health Study - Professor Tim Spector said:

COVID is still rampant in the population. ZOE Health Study data shows that there were over 350,000 daily COVID cases this week- a new record for the UK.
So much so, that if you have any cold-like symptoms at the moment it’s nearly twice as likely to be COVID as a cold.

He added:

Even if people have had a past infection and are fully vaccinated, people are still catching it.
This is because there are multiple COVID variants coexisting at the same time (BA.2, BA.4 and BA.5). The top symptoms to keep an eye on including sore throat, blocked nose and dry cough.

Staying cautious

While the infections are dropping slightly, it is essential for people to stay vigilant. Professor Spector said:

The good news is that case numbers won’t rise indefinitely and we’re already seeing a slight drop in numbers day to day.
Although we all want to make the most of the good weather, people will need to decide for themselves whether going to large events, working from the office or using busy public transport is worth the risk.

It is also suggested that free testing may be reintroduced if it is needed.

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