Experts have warned people to watch out for common symptoms as new coronavirus strains are set to circulate throughout winter.
It comes as two new variants, known as HV.1 and JN.1, have caught the attention of medics. One strain, HV.1 is already dominating throughout the United States as people are being warned it is "more transmissible and more immune evasive", the Mirror reports.
The other new variant, JN.1 has recently been found in the UK as well as the US, Iceland, Portugal and Spain. Dr Chris Papadopoulos, Principal Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Bedfordshire told people to watch out for symptoms of both strains.
Common symptoms for HV.1 include fever, coughing, tiredness, nasal congestion or a runny nose. JN.1 also causes these symptoms, this strain can cause diarrhoea and headaches.
Dr Papadopoulos said: "There’s no evidence yet of new or unique symptoms linked to these variants . It’s essential for everyone, especially those at higher risk, to be observant of the symptoms we are aware of.”
Official advice from the NHS website says if you have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to work, school, childcare, or do normal activities, you should try to stay at home until you feel better.
Full list of symptoms for Covid HV.1:
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose