With different variants and new government measures to curb coronavirus, it is understandably hard to keep up at times, and there are differences depending on which variant of Covid-19 we are talking about, and whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated.
The current public health advice, according to Devon Council, is:
- Take up the coronavirus vaccine as soon as you are eligible to do so …
- If you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for the Omicron variant, you must self-isolate for ten full days, regardless of your vaccination status or PCR test result.
- PCR tests can detect those infected with the Omicron variant. It is likely that lateral flow tests will detect infections caused by Omicron; research is underway to verify this. (This bullet point info is from the government, not Devon Council.)
- If you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, but not the Omicron variant, you do not need to self-isolate if you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to self-isolate for ten days. We would encourage any close contacts of COVID cases, however, to take a PCR test.
- If you develop symptoms of coronavirus, you must self-isolate pending the result of a PCR test
- If you are meeting others, try to do so outside; and if meeting indoors, make sure there is lots of ventilation. Even having the window open for ten minutes at a time helps to reduce the risk of transmission
- It is a requirement to wear face coverings when on public transport, in shops and other settings
- Even in places where it’s not currently a requirement, wearing a face covering, especially when indoors or in a confined space with people who you do not live with, reduces the risk of transmission
- If you show no symptoms, regularly use lateral flow device tests – whenever you are meeting up with people or are in high risk places, such as indoor spaces with other people
- Washing your hands regularly and properly is an effective way of reducing the spread of viruses.
The Zoe app tells us of the revised symptoms since the original Covid-19 list:
If fully (2 vaccines) vaccinated: runny nose, headache, sneezing, sore throat and persistent cough – fewer symptoms were reported over a shorter period of time by those who had already had a jab.
If you’ve been vaccinated and start sneezing a lot without an explanation, you should stay home and get a COVID test, especially if you’re living or working around people who are at greater risk from the disease.
If you have had one vaccine: headache, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, persistent cough
Unvaccinated: headache, sore throat, runny nose, fever, persistent cough – sneezing less common.