Symptoms of Omicron, such as night sweats, and how it differs from the original Covid

Doctors and epidemiologists believe that the symptoms of the Omicron variant of coronavirus are distinct from those of previous strains.

Although some people are reporting mild symptoms, many have noticed that they are not the same as the Alpha, Beta, or Delta strains.

In the last 24 hours, 54,661 new cases of Covid were reported across the UK, with 38 people dying as a result of the virus.

Concerns about the Omicron variant have prompted speculation about new restrictions to prevent the new strand from overwhelming the NHS.

These are the three traditional symptoms, according to the website:

However, early reports indicate that Omicron has its own set of five symptoms.

Dr. Angelique Coetzee, the chairperson of the South African Medical Association and one of the first to suspect the Omicron Covid strain, said she noticed patients in her private clinic displaying symptoms that were different from those seen in the Delta variant.

Her patients complained of extreme exhaustion, mild muscle aches, a scratchy throat, and a dry cough, according to her.

She added that, unlike previous variants, this one does not cause a loss of taste or smell.

Doctors in South Africa, where the variant was first discovered, have also noted night sweats, which are when you sweat so much that your night clothes and bedding are soaked wet.

GP Unben Pillay listed the symptoms that Omicron patients were reporting at a briefing hosted by the South African Department of Health.

"Night sweats" are a telltale sign that many patients are experiencing and displaying, he said.

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