Covid: People with cold symptoms should stay at home and avoid Christmas parties, says leading professor

People with cold-like symptoms should work from home and avoid Christmas parties in a bid to halt the spread of covid, a leading professor has said.

Tim Spector, from the Covid Zoe app, urged people across the country to be “more aware of a whole range of symptoms” instead of just waiting for the loss of smell or taste, or having a fever.

The professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London told Times Radio the UK should be “much more open-minded about who we are testing” and “get more people to isolate at least for a few days with cold-like symptoms”.

It comes as Deputy First Minister John Swinney urged Scots to test every day they leave home to interact with someone from outside their household.

Fears are growing over the spread of the new Omicron variant which was first identified in southern Africa at the end of last month.

There are currently 48 cases of the new strain in Scotland – a rise of 18 in the last 24-hour period.

Speaking earlier today, Professor Spector said: “At the moment, we’re estimating that somewhere between one and three and one in four colds are actually due to covid.

“And so that’s quite a high rate of people that are currently not even bothered to get a lateral flow test, or getting a PCR test, going to parties and spreading it around.

“So if that transfers to Omicron then we’re going to be compiling that problem much faster than we would need to.”

“We want to tell people that if you don’t feel well that day, don’t go out, don’t go to work, work from home, because the start of that sniffle, the start of that sore throat, that headache could be a mild dose of covid that is just breaking through your vaccine.

“So I think everyone needs to be much more aware of a whole range of symptoms and not wait for the loss of smell or taste which may never come, not wait for fever, not wait for that persistent cough.”

On Good Morning Scotland John Swinney said he wants Scots to increase the number of tests they take.

He said: “The crucial point that we’re concentrating on around about lateral flow tests is saying to people that whenever they’re going out and about, wherever they’re circulating they really should be doing those tests on a daily basis.

“We want people to increase the frequency of the use of lateral flow tests away from the two times per week to much more frequently when they are socialising and interacting with others.”

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