Omicron sufferers will hear their first symptom before feeling it, experts say

The Omicron coronavirus variant is driving record numbers of infections with one person in every 35 people now infected across the country and one in 20 Londoners infected.

But as the disease spreads, scientists say that the first warning sign of Omicron can be detected just by careful listening.

This is because Omicron has been linked with a hoarse or scratchy voice, after causing havoc in your throat.

The mutant variant continues to sweep the nation with cold-like symptoms.

Experts have warned the signs and symptoms are far more similar to a common cold, meaning Omicron could be going missed.

But despite this, reports Birmingham Live, the milder form of Covid has caused a huge rise and boom of virus cases.

There are over 100,000 new cases being registered each and every single day in the UK currently.

It has led to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales introducing fresh curbs and measures from Boxing Day in each of the respective devolved nations

Professor Tim Spector OBE, from the ZOE Symptom Covid Study App, has warned Omicron symptoms and tell tale signs could be anything from a runny nose and headache to fatigue and husky voice.

Congestion, sneezing and night sweats have also been linked to the new variant, which is sweeping the country and overtaking the strain Delta, which originated in Kent and was first detected in England before Christmas last year.

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NHS national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said: "The NHS is on a war footing and staff are taking the fight to Omicron, by boosting hundreds of thousands of people each day, treating thousands of seriously-ill Covid patients and delivering urgent care for other conditions, all while seeing a worrying, high and rising increase in absence due to Covid.

"We are once again ramping up to deal with the rise in Covid infections and, quite rightly, staff are making every possible preparation for the uncertain challenges of Omicron, including recruiting thousands of nurses and reservists, but while we'll leave no stone unturned to get the NHS battle-ready, it remains the case that the best way to protect yourself and others is to follow guidance and to come forward and get your first, second and booster jabs."

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