Before the shot of positive cases of coronavirus in Argentina, one of the first elements to take into account about the variant Omicron is that their symptom do not necessarily coincide with the signals already known from the previous variants of COVID-19, What joint pain, strong cough or loss of taste or smell
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According to various specialists, the symptom that previously allowed to differentiate the disease from a simple cold or of a common flu they are no longer as effective. So, what physical signs mark us a possible infection with the South African variant?.
Low back pain, diarrhea and night sweats: the three new symptoms of Ómicron
British scientists discovered that those infected with the B.1.1.529 They can present these three new specific pathologies that serve to differentiate cases from a common cold. However, they clarified that they are not so frequent.
In an interview with ITV, Amir khan, a doctor from the United Kingdom National Health Service, explained that several of the patients he has treated in recent days with positive covid for Omicron presented “low back pain” Y “excessive sweats”, especially at night when they sleep.
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For its part, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) added a new symptom: the diarrhea. “Pay attention if, when you go to the bathroom, you discover that you have diarrhea, since it could well be a sign that you have contracted the Omicron variant,” they warned.
“NBC Chicago points out that people with compromised immune systems are the most likely to experience diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms. It is likely that around twenty% experience diarrhea as a symptom shortly after contracting the virus,” they added.
Omicron symptoms similar to other variants
Angelique Coetzee, president of the South African Medical Association, revealed that symptom of the Omicron variant are “milder and moderate” than those recorded with other mutations.
In this sense, the specialist clarified that the cough and the fever they are not as common in those infected with this new variant, although they can appear. In the vast majority of cases, those infected have had mild and moderate symptoms such as:
- Discomfort in the throat (scratchy sensation).
- Tiredness and/or fatigue.
- General discomfort.
- Possible fever (although not common)
- Shaking chills.
- Possible cough.
“Physicians need to know that they are not going to meet very serious cases, but they should not hesitate to do the covid test to all suspected patients. Just that way, along with the vaccination, we will can stop the expansion and have fewer serious cases in the future,” he warned.
Omicron: symptoms similar to those of a common cold
“As we know, this virus is highly contagious, much more than the previous variants”, said Hai Shao, physician of Infectious Diseases of Sharp Chula Vista, California, in the United States.
The specialist mentioned that the symptoms may be similar to the previous variants of covid, but milder
- possible fever.
- Shaking chills
- Throat pain
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He also noted that while many symptom are similar to those of a common cold or flu, there are certain physical signs to pay attention to, such as sweating and lower back pain.
Omicron: incubation period
Although coughs, headaches, and fever take four or five days to manifest when infected with previous strains of covid, the Ómicron incubation schedule may still be more abbreviated.
Data is still limited on the latest variant of covid, which was first detected in Botswana and South Africa in mid-November 2021, but a recent study in Norway indicates an average window of three days between exposure to the Omicron variant and symptoms, which means it can spread more quickly.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that Omicron is spreading faster than any previous strain and that the variant is probably already present in most countries, even those where it has not yet been detected.