Doctors caution parents about a 'rare' Omicron symptom in children.
Parents have been urged to be on the lookout for an unusual Omicron symptom in their children.
According to a London specialist, young toddlers appear to be developing rashes after contracting the new form.
Dr. David Lloyd, a north London GP, noted that approximately 15% of children with confirmed Omicron cases develop spots.
Additionally, they reported weariness, headaches, and a decrease of appetite — all of which appear to correspond to the most often reported variant symptoms in adults thus far.
The health specialist told Sky News that the difference in symptoms, together with the rash, was "very significant."
The doctor remarked that the claim that instances are rapidly doubling appeared to be accurate based on his observations, adding, "So let's hope it's not as lethal as the Delta and that we can contain it." However, this is a worrying time."
"We've always had a tiny cohort of COVID patients that have strange rashes, but up to 15% of Omicron children develop an atypical rash," he explained.
"So we're beginning to learn a little bit more about the virus and developing a strategy for detecting it."
This follows a warning from an expert that COVID instances could be missed if individuals hunt for the wrong symptoms.
COVID-19's three primary symptoms are a new chronic cough, a fever, and a loss of taste and smell.
However, physicians warn that evidence of the Omicron variety spreading in the UK — which would necessitate the introduction of Plan B — could be difficult to identify, as the primary symptoms differ from those now prescribed by the National Health Service.
The NHS originally introduced the trio of symptoms in March 2020, and the list has remained consistent despite the emergence of new strains.
Medics in South Africa, where the Omicron version was initially discovered, have reported that the primary symptoms include weariness, bodily aches, and a headache.
Dr. Angelique Coetzee, a private practitioner and president of the South African Medical Association, stated that patients had not complained about a loss of taste or fragrance.
Other specialists have cautioned that the symptoms will vary.
Professor Tim Spector of King's College London, who is also the lead on the ZOE Symptom Tracker App, has long advocated for the addition of more symptoms to the official NHS list.
While Delta remains the most prevalent form in the UK, Omicron is gaining ground, with fresh projections estimating that cases might reach 90,000 by Christmas.
Nonetheless, efforts are being undertaken to properly comprehend the new variation, which was discovered two weeks ago.
Scientists believe it could spread more easily and possibly avoid immunizations, but additional testing is necessary.