Unusual new Omicron symptom added to list as Covid infections hit record high

The new symptom was added to the list after a number of people with the virus referred to problems with their ears, as a number of sufferers in Britain cited ringing ears as something they they felt after contracting Omicron.

Britons are being warned to look out for a new symptom of the Omicron variant Covid after a recent spike in cases, a tracking app shows (stock image)

An unusual new symptom of the Omicron variant Covid has led to an increase in cases among Britons, according to a tracking app.

Britons using the ZOE tracking app have cited ear pain as a new symptom of the virus, with a number of those complaining of a ringing sensation after contracting Omicron.

As a result, the app added the symptom to its weekly ranking of the most commonly reported Covid symptoms, the Daily Star reports.

Ear pain has been seen in Omicron cases in the past, but only now, after reports, has become more common than originally thought.

Last year, a study by a team of Stanford University experts and Dr. Konstantina Stankovic found that the Omicron variant could cause ear problems.

The study reported symptoms such as severe earaches, ear numbness and even temporary hearing loss, which can also persist even after the infection has passed.

A number of UK victims have all cited ringing ears as something they experienced after contracting Omicron


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Dr. Stankovic also revealed that these symptoms can also appear in fully vaccinated people.

Speaking to the Times Now News Portal, Dr Stankovic said: ‘The pain is often associated with ringing in the ears. Surprisingly, these symptoms, although rarer, can also appear in patients who have been vaccinated with a full cycle. »

She also advised people with hearing loss, ringing in the ears and vertigo not to ignore these symptoms and get tested.

Britons can no longer get free test kits after the program ends, with those looking to test having to buy from local pharmacies or online.

The new symptom was added to the list after a number of people with the virus referred to problems with their ears (stock image)


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Covid infection levels have hit a record high across the UK as free Covid-19 testing for millions of people in England comes to an end.

Some 4.9million people in the UK are estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week ending March 2, up from 4.3million the previous week, the Office for National Statistics said.

ONS data shows one in 13 people in England would have had Covid in this week, up from one in 16 the previous week, and in Wales the figure is one in 14, up from one out of 16.

Both are record highs and it comes after experts warned that at such levels anyone in the population who can catch Covid is likely to get it.

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