Omicron symptoms on skin, lips & nails could mean you need urgent treatment

Omicron symptoms on skin, lips & nails could mean you need urgent treatment

January 3, 2022

THERE are some lesser-known symptoms of the Omicron Covid-19 variant that could mean you need urgent treatment.

Some of these signs can occur on your skin, lips, or nails, and it's recommended that if you do notice them, you get them checked by your GP.

According to health experts in America at the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), one symptom can be a pale, grey or blue-coloured tinge on your skin, lips or nail beds.

Although Omicron is thought to spread much faster than other variants, a string of hugely positive studies show it 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.

The CDC warns a blueish colour in your skin, lips and nails could be a sign of low-oxeygen levels.

The US health experts describe any occurrence of the symptom as “emergency warning signs", and say people should get them checked out by a medical professional straight away.

Other unusual signs of Omicron include lower back pain, a hoarse or scratchy voice, night sweats, aching muscles and a runny nose.

Meanwhile, the NHS' three key symptoms of other variants are a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to sense of taste and smell.

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Making sure you know the signs of Omicron, as well as the key Covid-19 symptoms, is just one way you can prevent the bug spreading.

Another vital way to avoid spreading Covid, catching it and becoming unwell, is to have your booster vaccine.

Anyone who feels unwell and has symptoms should get a test.

While there are shortages in some areas, lateral flow tests are a great way to keep your loved ones safe as they provide fast results.

Experts say you should be taking lateral flow tests on the day of meeting someone in order to stop the spread of the variant.

You must report all lateral flow test results to the NHS.

Guidance says if your rapid at-home test gives a positive result, you should self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test, then follow the rules based on that result.

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