Despite Brits being told to live with Covid, the number of hospitalization and cases have been increasing in recent days, with experts saying this was to be expected.
This comes as doctors have issued a new warning about two recent strains now circulating in the UK, with Stealth Covid rapidly becoming dominant. The UK government has said that it remains unconcerned by the variants at the present time.
Now, there are fears Stealth Covid, BA.2, a subvariant of Omicron can not be differentiated with simple tests and is more transmissible than other variants.
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The UK Health Security Agency and the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed that cases of Deltacron, a mutant hybrid of Omicron and Delta have been detected.
Cases have also been found in France and Cyprus. The WHO is preparing to give an update on the variant in the UK.
It is thought that neither of these new variants has different symptoms previous types of Covid, therefore the symptoms to watch out for remain the same.
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you can not smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
According to Yella Hewings-Martin, PhD of the ZOE Covid Study which is tracking symptoms across the country, the top five most commonly reported symptoms of Omicron are
fatigue (mild or severe)
She said: “Interestingly, we’ve seen loss of smell and taste become much less common. It was in the top 10 symptoms earlier in 2021, and now it’s ranking at 17, with only one in five people experiencing it.”
Asked if he had any concerns about the deltacron variant, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “There are variants that we would obviously keep under review.
“The most recent one of concern has been Omicron but we have successfully navigated our way through that as a country thanks to the response of the British people.
“There are also so-called subvariants of Omicron and we’re not concerned about any of those at this important time. We keep it under review but we have no concerns at all. ”
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