Thursday, 20 Jan 2022

Telltale sign you may have caught Omicron variant is only noticeable at night

Doctors have revealed a telltale sign that is only evident at night and suggests that you could have caught the new Omicron Covid variant.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Omicron a “variant of concern”, with Boris Johnson implementing the government’s Plan B for tackling the outbreak.

Doctors in South Africa – where the variant was first detected – have provided some much-needed insight into the variant’s symptoms, Coventry Live reports.

At a briefing convened by South Africa's Department of Health, GP Unben Pillay listed the symptoms that Omicron patients were reporting, with one telltale sign potentially surfacing during the night – "night sweats".

Night sweats are when you sweat so much that your night clothes and bedding are soaking wet, even though where you are sleeping is cool.

The GP added that he is also seeing patients with the variant having a dry cough, fever, fatigue and "a lot of body pains".

He suggested that vaccinated people tend to do "much better".

Although evidence of this is currently scarce, there are many encouraging signs that the current vaccines will provide some protection against the new strain of the virus.

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Early data suggests booster jabs against Covid-19 do provide an extra layer of protection against the illness.

"If the variant does undermine vaccine performance, extra protection against the virus might require four or more jabs, possibly with new vaccine formulations — sharpening questions over whether boosting will need to continue indefinitely," states an article published in the journal Nature.

"The Omicron variant has also further clouded forecasts of how booster campaigns will affect the pandemic’s trajectory."

However, experts do appear optimistic about the efficacy of Covid-19 booster vaccines.

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