Symptoms of the highly-transmissible Omicron variant appear to be quite different from what the world already knows.
According to experts in South Africa – where Omicron was first detected – people should look out for five telltale signs.
These slightly differ from the well-known trio of ‘fever, cough, and loss of smell’.
Early reports reveal Omicron’s symptoms are a scratchy throat, a dry cough, extreme tiredness, mild muscle aches, and night sweats.
Dr. Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association, was one of the first people to detect the Omicron strain.
She told health officials she was seeing a ‘clinical picture that doesn’t fit Delta’ back in November.
Earlier today, she told Sky News that Omicron is currently presenting as a ‘mild disease’.
However, she stressed it is a ‘different picture in hospital admissions especially in unvaccinated people’.