The surprising Omicron symptoms that can appear when you're eating

OMICRON has been proven to be a milder strain of coronavirus, with most people suffering cold-like symptoms.

Experts have said that the three main signs of Omicron are a cough, headache and fatigue, but there is another surprising symptom that can appear when you're eating.

Experts have said it may have a different set of symptoms to the older versions of the virus.

Data from the ZOE Covid Symptom Study has shone a light on the most common signs of the Omicron strain.

And there is a hint that some people could experience a previously lesser common problem – loss of appetite, the Mirror reported.

A string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta.

Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.

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The ZOE study compared symptoms reported by people that had tested positive for either the Delta or Omicron variants.

Experts said: “Contributor reports also identified loss of appetite and brain fog as common symptoms.

“These findings line up with a small batch of data from contributors who reported that their positive PCR results were suspected or confirmed Omicron infections.”

The analysis found no clear differences between Delta and Omicron when it came to typical infection.

Loss of taste (and smell) has become a well known classic sign of coronavirus – and it could last for many more weeks or months even when infection is over.

But, according to ZOE, loss of taste or smell is much less likely to strike compared to the early part of the pandemic.

The study shows that only 50 per cent of people experience the classic three symptoms of fever, cough, or loss of sense of smell or taste. 

These are the triad of symptoms listed by the NHS as indicative of Covid, and warrant a test.

SORE THROAT?

Many people who catch Omicron are also suffering with a sore throat – which is one of the key signs of the variant.

Dr Jorge Moreno who works at an outpatient clinic in Connecticut, US and is an assistant professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, said that most patients coming in are reporting the same ailment.

He told Insider that most people testing positive have a dry, sore throat that causes sharp pain when they swallow.

"It's a very prominent symptom. It's not like a little tickle in the throat. If they're reporting it, they're saying that their throat feels raw", he said.

Further analysis has shown that most people who get Omicron will suffer throat issues.

Data from an Omicron outbreak in Norway showed that 72 per cent of people who tested positive had a sore throat.

The patients said that the symptom last about three days.

Dr Moreno said for people who have been vaccinated the symptoms aren't as bad and that for most, the illness is like a mild cold.

He added: "A couple days later, they're ready to go back to exercising or doing their regular activity."

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