Omicron symptoms have been found to affect the body differently than previous variants of the coronavirus. Here are the new symptoms that won’t affect your neck or head
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After Omicron surfaced in South Africa last November, experts quickly determined that the symptoms of this highly communicable variant of Covid are different from what the world is used to.
The three main symptoms of the coronavirus, according to the NHS, are a high temperature, new or persistent cough, loss / change in sense of smell or taste. However, Omicron symptoms have presented themselves differently.
Omicron’s symptoms have been widely described as “mild” and similar to the common cold. While many of the symptoms affect the nose, throat, and head, two new signs related to the new variant have emerged. Here’s what you need to know.
What are the New Omicron Symptoms?
One of the signs reported in the early stages of the Omicron-Covid variant is nausea, according to Professor Tim Spector of the ZOE-Covid study.
A doctor from India, Dr. Sanket Jain also said his patients suffered from “anorexia, nausea and vomiting” with PCR tests showing they are Covid positive.
Another unusual but common Omicron symptom seen in the early stages of infection is lower back pain, data from the UK, US, and South Africa show. In addition to lower back pain, other muscle pain has been reported.
What are the main symptoms of Omicron?
A dry / sore throat has been identified as one of the most common symptoms of Omicron Covid. Other symptoms according to the ZOE app are:
Slight muscle pain
Other signs of the variant include congestion, brain fog, rashes, and even sore eyes in some patients. More recently, people have reported sleep paralysis and night sweats.
The CDC also warned of a symptom of the virus that requires urgent medical attention and urged people to look out for pale, gray, or blue skin, lips, or beds of nails that could indicate low blood oxygen levels.
Dr. Anqelique Coetzee, who sounded the alarm for the first time about the new variant, had previously spoken about the fact that unvaccinated people also experience more symptoms such as headaches and sore muscles.
What to do if you have symptoms of Covid
If you think you have symptoms from Covid, both the government and the NHS advise you to self-isolate and get a PCR test immediately.
You should self-isolate immediately if:
- You have tested positive for Covid via LFT or PCR as it means you have the virus
- someone you live with has symptoms or has tested positive, although in some cases it may not be required
- You have been told to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who tests positive
The rules in England are changing from Tuesday January 11th, and if you test positive on a lateral flow test (LFT) but have no symptoms, you no longer need a follow-up PCR test.