Symptoms of the omicron variant are different from previous coronavirus symptoms, making it difficult to detect unless tested for COVID-19.
According to health experts, a new and unique symptom of the omicron variant has emerged: night sweats.
“People do not report loss of taste or smell to the same extent with the omicron as they did with the previous variants,” Dr. John Torres, chief medical correspondent for NBC News told The Today Show. “But people report night sweats, which is a very strange symptom they say they suffer from.”
But what exactly are night sweats and how have they been linked to COVID-19?
Here is what you need to know.
Night sweats are “recurring episodes of heavy sweating” that may soak the bed sheets, according to the Mayo Clinic.
They are often related to an underlying disease or medical condition.
Night sweats were commonly associated with medical conditions ranging in severity from influenza to cancer but were not related to the coronavirus until the omicron variant of COVID-19 began spreading globally.
Night sweats are a unique symptom that doctors say distinguish the omicron variant from other COVID-19 variants. Sore throats are another thing.
Doctors treating patients in hospitals and urgent care have documented more patients coming in with the omicron variant of COVID-19 to report night sweats.
Dr Amir Khan, a doctor with the UK’s National Health Service, said people should now look for night sweats as a symptom of the omicron variant of COVID to be able to get tested.
“It’s important that we stay on top of these symptoms, because if we’re going to trace Omicron here and around the world, we need to be able to test people with these symptoms,” Dr. Khan told The Sun.
The main symptoms of an omicron variant according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources are as follows:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat or scratching
- night sweats
Those who test positive for the omicron variant of COVID-19 are less likely to lose taste or smell, compared to COVID strains from 2020 and most of 2021.
But they are more likely to have the unique symptoms of night sweats.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says you should get one of the three COVID-19 vaccines available to you — Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson — along with wearing a mask in public, staying six feet away from and washing your hands often With soap and water.
The agency also recommends that those age 12 and older get a booster five months after the initial series of Pfizer, or Moderna vaccines for those age 18 or older.
For those 18 years of age and older who have received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting a booster two months after the J&J vaccine at once, preferably switching to an mRNA vaccine such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
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