Doctors battling a sharp surge in Covid in India have found new potential symptoms of the virus.
The most common signs are a persistent cough, high temperature, and loss of taste and smell.
Some people have also reported fatigue, headaches and diarrhea, and a number of other “symptoms” have also appeared during the pandemic.
And doctors in Bengaluru, Karnataka state, India now believe that an extremely dry mouth could be a new sign of infection.
Meanwhile, irritation and itching or vague pain in the tongue or, less often, mouth ulcers may also indicate the virus.
Dr. GB Sattur was treating a man aged 55 who had “extreme dry mouth” and conjunctivitis when he was hospitalized, he told local media.
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“I had read that conjunctivitis can be one of the symptoms of Covid. Although he did not have a fever, he said he was tired,” added the doctor, with the man later testing positive for Covid.
Dr. Sattur advised anyone with mouth-related symptoms and severe general weakness to have a test.
He speculated that the new symptoms could be due to the mutant strains, including those first identified in India, Brazil, and South Africa.
“Doctors should keep an eye on tongue discomfort and not ignore it,” said Dr. Sattur.
“The government needs to do more genome sequencing to better understand the variants.”
A similar symptom known as “Covid Tongue” has been described in the UK.
Gabriel Scally, a public health physician and president of epidemiology and public health for the Royal Society of Medicine, said The sun: “Symptoms in the mouth have been described in connection with Covid-19 for some time.”
Dr. Sattur’s warnings come as lockdown elevators in England to allow people to mingle indoors and to finally reopen pubs, restaurants and cafes.
The pubs have reopened, welcoming guests and drinkers indoors for the first time since November.
According to the government roadmap, people can also hug again, and people are also allowed to go to the movies and the theater.
Boris Johnson said last week that the final stages of easing relief could be delayed on June 21 as the Indian variant continues to spread across the UK.
It is reported that wise scientists fear the mutation could be up to 50 percent more transmissible than the strains currently present in the country.
India is currently hit by a second wave, with infections reaching nearly 24.7 million on Sunday, increasing 311,170 new cases in the past 24 hours, while the death toll rose by 4,077.
The country’s number stands at 24.68 million, with the death toll at 270,284, according to data from the Ministry of Health.