Parents have been warned of an unusual Omicron symptom to look out for in their kids.
Young children appear to be getting rashes while infected with the new variant, a London doctor has reported.
Dr. David Lloyd, a GP from north London, said he has seen about 15 percent of youngsters with confirmed Omicron cases developing spots.
They also suffered with fatigue, headaches and a loss of appetite — which seems to fit with the most common variant symptoms reported so far in adults.
The health expert told Sky News the difference in symptoms was “quite important,” along with the rash.
The doctor noted that the suggestion that cases are doubling quickly appeared to be right, from what he is seeing, adding, “So let’s hope that it isn’t as deadly as the Delta and let’s hope that we can get on top of it. But it’s a concerning time.”
“We’ve always had a small cohort of patients with COVID who are getting funny rashes, but up to 15 percent of the Omicron children are getting an unusual rash,” he said.
“So we’re starting to learn a little bit more about the virus and we are starting to look out for it.”
It comes after an expert warned that COVID cases could be missed as people are looking for the wrong symptoms.
The three main symptoms of COVID-19 include a new persistent cough, a high temperature and a loss of taste and smell.
But medics say signs of the Omicron variant, spreading in the UK — which could trigger Plan B being brought in — could be difficult to detect, as the main symptoms are different from those currently outlined by the National Health Service.
The trio of symptoms laid out by the NHS were first introduced when the pandemic hit in March 2020 and the list has stayed the same despite new strains emerging.
Medics working in South Africa, where the Omicron variant was first detected, have said the main symptoms are fatigue, body aches and a headache.
Dr. Angelique Coetzee, a private practitioner and chair of the South African Medical Association, said patients have not been reporting a loss of taste and smell.
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Other experts have also warned the symptoms will differ.
King’s College London’s Professor Tim Spector, who is also the lead on the ZOE Symptom Tracker App, has long called for additional symptoms to be added to the official NHS list.
Delta is still the dominant variant in the UK, but Omicron is spreading, with new estimates claiming cases could hit 90,000 by Christmas.
However, efforts are still being made to fully understand the new variant, which has only been known about for two weeks.
Scientists think it could spread more easily and might be able to evade vaccines, but still need to carry out more tests.
This story originally appeared on the Sun and was reproduced here with permission.