Omicron symptoms: A new ‘strange’ symptom could be a warning sign

Omicron: Five symptoms to look out for

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The original Covid symptoms were listed as dry cough, fever and loss or change to taste and smell. However, the Omicron variant has also been linked to various different symptoms reported by patients positive for the new strain or the doctors treating them. 

The “very strange symptom” associated with the Omicron variant are night sweats, according to NBC News senior medical correspondent Dr John Torres, who told the Today show.

Night sweats have been raised among the first by general practitioner Dr. Unben Pillay at a briefing by South Africa’s Department of Health which took place earlier in December.

This specific sign striking at night has been also reported by patients with Omicron.

Night sweats describe sweating so much that your bedding and clothes become wet, although where you’re sleeping remains cool.


This warning sign presents during the night and could be signalling the Omicron infection.

Some other new Covid symptoms which came out of reports from southern Africa, where the variant is believed to have originated, are:

  • Scratchy throat
  • Mild muscle aches
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry cough.

Some of these signs were detailed by South African doctor Angelique Coetzee, who first raised alarm regarding Omicron.

She explained that one patient didn’t have a sore throat but described this symptom as “scratchy” instead.

Dr Coetzee also said the Omicron symptoms seem to be “extremely mild”.

Meanwhile in the UK, the ZOE COVID Study App has been looking at the symptoms and data associated with the new variant.

ZOE is a health science company behind “the largest COVID science project” which includes more than four million participants.

The ZOE Covid Symptom study has been monitoring the dominant UK variant.

Drawing on the data from London with a high prevalence of this strain, their scientists analysed symptom data from positive cases recorded in the app and compared it with data from early October when Delta was dominant.

This data showed that only 50 percent of people experienced the classic three symptoms of Covid.

The top five signs seemed to have been:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Fatigue 
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat.

Two other common symptoms reported by the app contributors are loss of appetite and brain fog.

These findings come from contributors whose positive PCR results were suspected or confirmed Omicron cases.

ZOE is now conducting more research into the symptom profile of this new variant.

If you suffer from any coronavirus symptoms, you have to self-isolate and get a PCR test.

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