The early Omicron symptom you may hear before you even feel ill

OMICRON symptoms differ slightly to those usually expected with Covid-19.

But there's one major symptom that you may be able to hear before you even begin to feel ill – a hoarse voice.

Experts have said that the majority of people who get Omicron will experience cold-like symptoms, and that the illness is mild in comparison to previous variants.

It comes as 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.

The Sun's Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits' arms to ward off the need for any new restrictions.

One of the most common Omicron symptoms, that can onset fairly early, is a scratchy throat or hoarse voice.

According to Doctor Angelique Coetzee, a South African GP, who first discovered the variant, common Omicron symptoms include muscle aches, fatigue, a scratchy throat and night sweats, The Daily Star reports.

The symptoms associated with Omicron are the sort that could go undetected as they may present as a cold or a little niggle.

While most people won't think anything of a sniffy nose or a twinge in their back, it's important if you think you could have Omicron that you get a test and isolate – in order to avoid spreading the illness to others.

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The three main symptoms of Covid-19, according to the NHS, are a new persistent cough, a high temperature and a loss of taste and smell.

But experts say Omicron is unlikely to present this way, and have highlighted a few symptoms you must never ignore.

Looking out for cold-like symptoms could help keep you and others protected.

The ZOE experts said: "This may come as a surprise to some, as the UK government never updated guidance on Covid symptoms beyond the classic three symptoms."

The experts said that at the moment, symptoms such as as runny nose, sneezing and a sore throat, are among those being most recorded.

Lower back pain, muscle aches and night sweats are also key symptoms.

These six symptoms could often go undetected as they could be put down to a cold or the flu.

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