Covid UK: Prof Tim Spector warns of two new ‘celebrity’ symptoms as cases rise

A leading professor has warned people to assume they have Covid if they wake up with two tell-tale symptoms.

Professor Tim Spector, founder of the Covid Zoe app, warned that fatigue in the morning, even after a good night’s sleep, and a sore throat could be signs of infection.

He added that sore throats were more common in people with the coronavirus than the common cold.

It comes as Covid infections in the UK rose by 7 per cent in the week to July 14 to almost 3.8 million, up from 3.5 million in the previous week, according to the Office for National Statistics. This is the highest estimate of total infections since mid-April, but still below the record 4.9 million reached at the end of March.

If you notice these two symptoms, you should consider it to be Covid, writes Professor Spector.

“Currently there are twice as many cases of covid as the common cold,” he tweeted. “There has never been such a high ratio.

“Symptoms are pretty much the same except generally more tired and sore throat – so best to assume it’s Covid!

“Hopefully this wave will end soon.”

Virologists have raised concerns about another highly contagious Omicron variant arriving in the UK.

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Professor Spector added: “Try to get tested if you can. If you fail the test, consider it a cold and avoid other people until you feel better.”

Last week he said: “New research suggests that the new BA4 and BA5 variants work both by avoiding existing immune defenses and by neutralizing some of them. No wonder they are so successful as UK cases rise to record levels. ”

The coronavirus is still most common in Scotland, where 340,900 people had the virus in the week to July 14, or about one in 15.

This is up slightly from 334,000, or one in 16, and is the highest estimate for Scotland since the start of April, although the ONS described the trend here as “uncertain”. In England, 3.1 million people are believed to have had the virus in the week to July 13, equivalent to around one in 17. That’s up from 2.9 million or 19 the week before.

New figures from the ONS show that Covid infections are on the rise in the UK

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According to the ONS, there has been a large increase in the number of re-infections during this current Omicron wave. The analysis showed that infection levels in England were higher than during the first wave of Covid, although hospital admissions during this “alpha” wave were twice as high and the death toll was 14 times higher.

However, Professor Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, said infections were probably falling because the ONS data was about two or three weeks behind.

“It is noteworthy that the ONS infection survey first publishes the prevalence of Covid – ie the proportion of the population that has tested positive – and a week or more later than the samples taken on which the results are based. “Because people can remain positive for around 11 days after they first test positive for Covid, the ONS data is always around two to three weeks behind the epidemic curve in terms of new infections – incident,” said Professor Hunter.

Covid UK: Prof Tim Spector warns of two new ‘celebrity’ symptoms as cases rise

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