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Covid-19: Runny nose, headache, and fatigue are commonest symptoms of omicron, early data show

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n3103 (Published 16 December 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n3103

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  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The UK government has been urged to update its list of symptoms for covid-19, after early data showed that cold-like symptoms were the most commonly reported by people with the new omicron variant.

Data released on 16 December by the Covid Symptoms Study,1 run by the health science company Zoe and King’s College London, show that the top five symptoms reported in the app for omicron infection were runny nose, headache, fatigue (either mild or severe), sneezing, and sore throat. This initial analysis was based on positive cases in London, which was selected because of its higher prevalence of omicron than in other parts of the UK.

The government still lists …

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