The advent of Omicron has seen many countries break records for Covid-19 cases in a 24-hour period.
In the United States, the nation set a new global record with 1.35 million positive cases in a single day, while Britain has surpassed 200,000.
What makes the coronavirus so incredibly contagious is that you can have it and spread it without showing any symptoms at all.
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New indications of it about two out of five infected people have no symptoms.
In a recent Chinese review of studies, researchers analyzed nearly 30 million individuals from around the world.
Their results showed the percentage of asymptomatic cases among those who tested positive.
Over 40 percent of the positive cases showed no symptoms.
“The high percentage of asymptomatic infections from this study underscores the potential risk of transmission of asymptomatic infections in communities,” the paper’s authors wrote.
However, the research was done before we had a better understanding of all the symptoms that Covid-19 can exhibit, and in particular the new digestive problem that doctors have been highlighting.
What are the digestive signs of Omicron?
People suffering from Omicron have a weakened immune system, which can manifest itself in gastrointestinal problems.
If you have stomach problems or diarrhea, you should be tested for the coronavirus.
John Hopkins Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention e An estimated 20 percent of Covid-19 patients are likely to experience diarrhea shortly after infection.
Oxford University’s Sir John Bell told BBC 4’s Today program to monitor himself for “a bit of an upset stomach, loose stools and the like”.
Five main characters of Omicron
In addition to the classic Covid-19 symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose and loss of smell, there appear to be more specific omicron signs.
The five main characters of Omicron are:
- Scratchy throat versus sore throat
- Dry persistent cough
- Extreme tiredness and exhaustion
- muscle aches and pains
- a headache