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With this new Covid Omicron variant flying around the UK, it is essential that we all remember the important ways we can help to stop it from spreading. Chronicle Live wrote this evening that there are five new symptoms of Omicron – and how it differs from other variants.

Omicron has five distinct symptoms of its own…

A scratchy throat (as opposed to a sore throat)

A dry cough

Extreme tiredness

Mild muscle aches

Night sweats

Dr Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association, who was one of the first people to suspect the Omicron Covid strain, has said she noticed patients at her private clinic showing symptoms that are different from the Delta variant. Unlike the previous variants, this one doesn’t cause loss of taste or smell, she added.

Meanwhile, The Huffington Post says that in the UK, former vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said Omicron will be especially devastating for the unvaxxed. “The variant is so infectious, it will seek [unvaccinated people] out”.

The University of Kent give ten reasons why you should get a Covid 19 vaccine (in case you did not already know!).

1) Its rapid development does not mean it is less safe

2) The vaccines cannot cause COVID-19 because they do not contain the coronavirus

3) The vaccines do not interact with DNA

4) Most side effects are caused by the desired immune response

5) Most alleged side effects are probably not caused by vaccines

6) The ‘natural’ infection may kill you, instead of providing better immune protection

7) You protect yourself and others

8) Be realistic on the level of safety expected from a vaccine and the danger Covid-19 poses

9) The more people getting vaccinated means the greater a success it will be

10) Lastly, if still debating, be as critical with both arguments against and in favour and you’ll see the evidence is clear

All ten reasons explained in detail on the University of Kent website.

10 other essential ways to keep germs spreading are –

1.Wash your hands frequently and carry hand sanitizers or wipes if you are out and about.

2. Wear a mask as much as possible.

3. Keep the distance ( 6 feet apart )between you and anyone else you meet be it in a supermarket, outside while walking.

4. If your mask is not disposable then wash it regularly.

5. Open your windows once a day to let the fresh air in.

6. Try to get a daily walk outside even if it’s a short walk. It’s the Vitamin D levels you will gain from outside on a sunny day that can help your immune system.

7. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

8. If you have to cough or sneeze use a paper hanky then throw it away.

9. Clean and disinfect surfaces daily with household disinfectant.

10. Get the vaccines.

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