The government have been urging UK residents to get their third coronavirus jab as soon as possible as the best way to protect themselves against severe disease from Covid-19.
They say vaccines remain the strongest defence against Omicron, a new “extremely transmissible” variant of the disease, with a third dose boosting protection against symptomatic infection back up to over 70 per cent.
Breakthrough infections in those who have three shots can still occur, with many falling ill and gaining symptoms as a result of the new strain.
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While initial reports have suggested that symptoms of as a result of Omicron are milder than those experienced under previous dominant variants Delta and Beta, its still very soon to draw conclusions.
A New York-based ER doctor took to Twitter to share anecdotal evidence of “mild” but “uncomfortable” symptoms they had identified in people who have been triple-jabbed, The Mirror reports.
Verified NYC ER doctor Craig Spencer said in a post that those who had received a booster are mostly reporting a ” sore throat “.
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“Lots of sore throat,” he said.
He continued: “Also some fatigue, maybe some muscle pain. No difficulty breathing. No shortness of breath. All a little uncomfortable, but fine.”
The NHS’s guidance on the main symptoms of the disease have remained the same since the start of the pandemic: A high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
Generally, reports have suggested that people are reporting Omicron symptoms to be similar to a cold.
The ZOE Covid Study has tracked symptoms reported through their app by individuals suffering from the disease, comparing it to the symptoms of Delta back in October when it was the dominant variant.
A cinema near Leicester Square advertises the need for a Covid pass to enter on December 28, 2021 in London, England
The study found that there was no clear difference between the symptoms of Omicron and Delta, according to the Mirror.
Just 50 per cent of cases experienced the classic three symptoms of a loss of taste or smell, a new and persistent cough and fever.
The five symptoms found in both the Delta and Omicron variants were: Runny nose, headach, fatigue (mild or severe), sneezing, sore throat.
Brain fog and a loss of appetite have also been listed as common symptoms across both waves.
Covid infections have continued to surge across the capital over the holiday season, with the government apparently reluctant to put new measures in place to stem the spread of the virus.
Data NHS England tonight (30 December) has shown that there are currently 3,477 people in London hospitals with Covid, the highest number of Covid patients since February 16 this year.
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