The surprising sign in your ears that means you need to test for Omicron now

OMICRON has started to retreat in the UK but many people are still catching the bug each day.

It’s important that you know the signs of infection and experts have said they can differ from the three main signs highlighted by the NHS.

One expert has warned that if you feel a pain in your ears then you might actually have coronavirusCredit: Getty

The NHS states that the main Covid signs are a new persistent cough, a loss of taste and smell and a high temperate – but people who catch Omicron have suffered a wide range of symptoms.

Experts have now claimed that there are signs in your ears that could mean you have caught Omicron.

Dr Konstantina Stankovic chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University, US, said ear pain is becoming a common sign of infection.

Her team learned that those infected with Covid could present with inner ear symptoms.

In order to test their theory the team recreated a model of the inner ear and exposed it to a Covid test.

Dr Stankovic said that infection could be present in the ears and it was likely to have come from the nose.

This she said, highlighted the benefit of wearing a mask, as if you wear a mask it’s less likely that the virus will get through the nose.

She added: “If you notice hearing loss or dizziness or ringing in your ears, don’t dismiss them.

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“Get tested formally. In some of our patients, we’ve seen that hearing loss is the only sign of Covid infection”, she told 7News.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) states that the most commonly reported symptoms have been a cough, fatigue and headache.

These vary from the three main symptoms of coronavirus set out by the NHS which have not changed since Covid reached our shores in March 2020.

It’s important that if you think you have Covid you get a test and follow isolation guidelines, which state you need to isolate for five days.

While Covid won’t be a mild illness for everyone, most people who have had the variant say it’s ‘just like a cold’.

A string of hugely positive studies show Omicron is milder than other strains in the vaccinated, 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.


Experts have however warned that there are four symptoms that you might not notice as they could be disguised as something else.

Experiencing fatigue, feeling sore, having a loss of appetite and feeling sick could all be signs of Covid.

While they can be signs of another illness, it’s important to get tested.

If you do test positive though, there are ways that you can recover from home with the virus.

While you’re likely to have cold-like symptoms, there are some things you can do to ease them and to help you recover faster.

Boots Chief Pharmacist, Marc Donovan has suggested a variety of simple steps that can be taken to help recovery and support your immune system.

He explained that staying hydrated, eating healthy diet, increasing your vitamin intake and taking paracetamol are all things that could help.

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