The UK has seen a surge in Covid recently with an estimated 200,000 jump in cases in July.
A new strain of Omicron, dubbed Eris, is partly to blame for the latest increase, with one in seven UK Covid cases attributed to it.
The news comes as scientists find the ‘most extreme’ and ‘most mutated’ Covid variant ever in a patient in Indonesia.
Eris is a subvariant of the Omicron Covid-19 variant so the symptoms are similar to those of other variants. According to the Zoe Health Study these can include:
- a sore throat
- a runny nose
- a blocked nose
- a cough without phlegm
- a headache
- a cough with phlegm
- a hoarse voice
- muscle aches and pains
- an altered sense of smell
Traditional symptoms such as shortness of breath, loss of smell and a fever are now far less common, according to the Zoe study.
While this variant is believed to be more transmissible than previous variants it is not yet clear if it is more severe.
According to latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), the new variant represents 14.6% of all cases.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also added it to the list of variants that its monitoring.
However, UKHSA reportedly said it is ‘not unexpected’ to see new variants of Covid-19, with experts claiming it showed no signs of being more dangerous than previous strains.
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