Omicron tends to present with symptoms that differ from traditional signs of the coronavirus. Here are the lesser-known emergency warning signs of the new variant of Covid on the skin, lips, and nails that you need to seek urgent medical help for
After its first discovery in November, Omicron quickly emerged as the dominant coronavirus variant around the world.
While much is still unknown about the new super mutant strain of Covid, experts have found that Omicron’s symptoms are very different from the classic signs of the coronavirus.
According to the NHS, the three main symptoms of Covid are high fever, new or persistent cough, and loss or change in your sense of taste or smell.
The new variant tends to show symptoms of colds, although the symptoms are often described by patients and doctors as “mild”.
However, there are some lesser-known signs of Omicron that appear on the skin, lips, and nails that patients should seek urgent medical attention for.
What are the Omicron Symptoms on the Skin, Lips, and Nails?
The American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that people with Omicron report a wide range of symptoms in addition to the three main symptoms.
One such symptom of the virus appears on the skin, lips and nails. The CDC warned that we should look out for pale, gray, or blue skin, lips, or nail beds depending on skin tone, as this can indicate low blood oxygen levels.
The health department called these symptoms “emergency warning signs” for which we should see a doctor immediately.
These emergency signs also include difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion, and an inability to wake up or stay awake.
What are the main symptoms of Omicron?
According to a study by the ZOE Symptom Tracker app, the five most common symptoms of Omicron are:
Slight muscle pain
Other signs of the variant include congestion, brain fog, night sweats, rashes, and even sore eyes in some patients.
Dr. Angelique Coetzee, the South African doctor who sounded the alarm for the first time with the new variant, warned that certain symptoms such as headache and muscle soreness are more intensely perceived by people who have not been vaccinated.
What to do if I have Covid symptoms
The NHS recommends that if you think you have symptoms of Covid “immediately self-isolate and get a PCR test,” even if symptoms are mild.
The health department added: “Self-isolation, even if you previously had a positive test result for Covid-19. You probably have some immunity to the virus, but it’s not clear how long it will last. “