Covid-19: As Eris variant is on the rise, doctors reveal the main symptoms to watch for

One in seven infected with Covid-19 is believed to carry a new and fast-spreading Eris strain. Here is what we know about the symptoms of this highly contagious variant.

Covid-19: as Eris variant is on the rise, doctors reveal the main symptoms to watch for
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Covid-19: as Eris variant is on the rise, doctors reveal the main symptoms to watch for

Fearing another pandemic, doctors are urging people not to let down their guard as they have identified a new and fast-spreading Eris strain.

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Descended from Omicron, it now affects one in seven Brits diagnosed with Covid-19.

While both the World Health Organisation and the UK health authorities closely monitor the situation, doctors warn people about the key symptoms of Eris.

These are the warning signs to watch for.

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The new Eris Covid-19 strain is spreading fast

Brits have been warned over a new Eris Covid strainthat sees cases rise across the country.

Figures show that it is now the second most prevalent variant in the UK, closely behind Arcturus, which makes up almost half of all infection cases at 39.4%, according to the UK Health authorities.

The new variant descends from Omicron and is scientifically known as EG.5.1.

Eris is currently present in one in seven infected in Britain.

On July 1, 3.3 people out of every 100,000 had Covid – but that has now jumped significantly, with 7.2 having it as of July 29.

UK health authorities listed Eris as a variant of concern although they are not in a rush to jump to conclusion.

Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at the UK Health Security Agency said:

We continue to see a rise in Covid-19 cases in this week’s report. We have also seen a small rise in hospital admission rates in most age groups, particularly among the elderly.

According to Ramsay, overall levels of admission still remain extremely low and the authorities are not currently seeing a similar increase in ICU admissions.

Experts believe that Eris is likely to become dominant by September when children return to school and adults to work or university and as people start spending more time indoors.

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These are the main symptoms of the new Eris Covid-19 variant

The doctors warn that Sore throat, Runny nose and Blocked nose all can indicate the new strain of Covid.

Sneezing, Dry cough and Wet cough and Headache also made the list.

Hoarse voice, Muscle aches and Altered smell are other key signs to watch for.

As health experts continue to study the new variant and update the range of symptoms, at the moment shortness of breath, a loss of smell and a fever don’t seem to be linked to the new Eris variant.

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Sources used:

- ChronicleLive: 'Ten symptoms of new Covid strain Eris as cases rise across the country'

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