According to the latest UK Health Security Agency release, the main difference between Omicron and Delta is to do with taste and smell.
A study led by Oxford University and the Office for National Statistics using data from the COVID-19 Infection Survey suggested that loss of smell and taste are MORE common in people who tested positive for Delta than those who had Omicron.
So if you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or have noticed a change in these senses, you are more likely to have Delta.
The best thing you can do to minimise your symptoms and maximise your chances of beating the virus quickly and successfully is to get vaccinated.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “This data is yet more evidence that vaccines remain our best line of defence against COVID-19.
“Booster jabs are protecting people against infection and severe disease – so I urge you to play your part in our national mission and get boosted now.”
Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Advisor at UKHSA, added: “This latest set of analysis once again demonstrates that a booster dose of the vaccine provides you with significant protection against hospitalisation from Omicron.
“Booster doses also increase the protection against symptomatic and asymptomatic infection which will reduce transmission in the population.
“While signs remain encouraging on Omicron’s severity compared with Delta, the high levels of community transmission continue and may cause pressures on health services.”