Omicron has caused situations to surge throughout Scotland and across the world.
Despite symptoms often being less harsh, transmissibility of the strain is higher than past variants which has been felt in Scotland with thousands forced to isolate over the festive period.
There are some meaningful differences between Omicron infection and past strains of the virus.
These differences average symptoms may not be the same and may not last as long in addition as a shorter incubation period.
But when are you infectious, how long are you likely to feel under the weather and what signs should you look out for?
Here is everything you need to know.
How long to Omicron symptoms last?
Despite Omicron now being the principal strain in Scotland, the variant is nevertheless pretty new which method data is limited.
However, it is suggested symptoms usually last around five days.
Chair of the South African Medical Association Angelique Coetzee – who first identified Omicron – stated the variant passes by the body must faster than other strains of coronavirus.
Dr Coetzee told the Daily Mail : “The symptoms presenting in those with Omicron are very, very mild compared with those we see with the far more dangerous Delta variant… After about five days [the symptoms] clear up, and that’s it.”
How long are you infectious if you have Omicron?
Despite symptoms often lasting for a shorter period of time – in addition as many situations showing no symptoms at all – you can spread the virus.
It is consequently worthwhile noting that already if you are asymptomatic, you could pass Omicron to others.
This method you should continue to stick to the isolation rules already if you are feeling better before your seven or ten days are up.
Scotland’s isolation rules average those infected can cut their isolation period from ten to seven days if they test negative on lateral flows on day six and 24 hours later on day seven.
The Omicron variant is thought to incubate much faster – closer to three to five days.
“Recent examination from the UK Health Security Agency indicates that the window between infection and infectiousness may be shorter for the Omicron variant than the Delta variant,” UK health secretary Sajid Javid told MPs on 6 December.
However, this truly method there is less time being transmission and a person truly being infected and consequently infectious.
It is consequently more difficult to control the strain.
Covid sufferers are, typically, thought to be infectious to others from around two days before their first symptoms start to materialise and for around 10 days after.
Symptoms of Omicron
Most who are infected with Omicron experience shared cold-like symptoms.
The variant tends to cause more mild disease but is more transmissible than past strains such as Delta.
According to the ZOE Covid Study App, Omicron symptoms include:
- runny nose
- fatigue (mild or harsh)
- sore throat
Suffers have also reported a wide range of Omicron signs such as brain fog, lower back pain, and trouble sleeping.
There are thought to be as many as 20 Omicron-related symptoms.
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