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How long does Omicron last? When you are infectious and symptoms to look out for

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Omicron has caused cases to surge throughout Scotland and across the world. Despite symptoms often being less severe, transmissibility of the strain is higher than previous variants which has been felt in Scotland with thousands forced to isolate over the festive period.

There are some key differences between Omicron infection and previous strains of the virus. These differences mean symptoms may not be the same and may not last as long as well as a shorter incubation period.

But when are you infectious, how long are you likely to feel under the weather and what signs should you look out for?Here is everything you need to know.Despite Omicron now being the dominant strain in Scotland, the variant is still pretty new which means data is limited.However, it is suggested symptoms usually last around five days.Chair of the South African Medical Association Angelique Coetzee - who first identified Omicron - stated the variant passes through the body must faster than other strains of coronavirus.

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