A new, unusual symptom linked to the Omicron Covid-variant has emerged following a surge in Covid infections as cases once again hit a record high. A number of people with the virus complained of trouble with their ears citing ringing ears as something they have experienced after contracting Omicron.
As a result, the tracker app ZOE, where people have recorded their symptoms, has added the complaint to its weekly ranking of the most commonly reported Covid symptoms, the Daily Star has reported. Ear pain has previously been seen in Omicron cases but only now following reports has it become more common than originally thought.
Last year, a study by Stanford University experts and Dr Konstantina Stankovic, found that the Omicron variant could cause problems with the ear. The study reported symptoms including severe earache, ear numbness, and even temporary hearing loss, which can continue even after the infection has passed.
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Dr. Stankovic also revealed that these symptoms can also appear in those fully-vaccinated. She told the Times Now News Portal: “Pain is often associated with ringing in the ears. Surprisingly, these symptoms, although more rarely, can also appear in patients who have been vaccinated with a full course.”
She also advised those with hearing loss, ringing in your ears and dizziness to not dismiss these symptoms and still take a test. Covid infection levels have once again hit a record high across the UK as free Covid-19 testing in England comes to an end.
It’s thought some 4.9 million people in the UK are estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week ending March 2, up from 4.3 million in the previous week, according to the Office for National Statistics.
ONS data shows one in 13 people in England are estimated to have had Covid during that week, up from one in 16 the week before. In Wales the figure is one in 14 people, up from one in 16. The record high figures comes after experts warned that at such levels anyone in the population who can catch Covid is likely to get it.
The news comes as people can no longer have testing kits for free after the scheme was stopped. Those looking for tests now have to buy them from local pharmacies or online.
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