There seem to be a lot of potential symptoms people experience with the Omicron variant of coronavirus. One strange symptom may also appear when you are eating
Omicron is the dominant variant in the UK, where the cases of coronavirus are currently widespread.
On December 22, 2021, UK Covid cases soared to 106,122 in the largest ever increase since the beginning of the pandemic.
The symptoms of Omicron are known to be different to those of other variants of the coronavirus.
Some symptoms are the same or very similar, such as the dry cough, but people are being instructed to keep an eye out for some effects which may seem unusual.
One strange effect seems to be affecting people with the new variant and may help point towards the virus if some individuals are asymptomatic.
So what is the strange supposed symptom that could indicate you have been infected with the Omicron variant?
Is a loss of appetite a new symptom of Omicron?
Some indications suggest that a loss of appetite may be a symptom of Omicron.
Scientists who are part of the ZOE Covid Symptom Study looked at symptom data from positive cases recorded in the research data and compared it with informations from early October when Delta was dominant.
People who contributed to the study reported a loss of appetite as one symptom they experienced.
They also reported a type of ‘brain fog’ when having the virus.
Said contributors were either confirmed or likely to have had the Omicron variant, suggesting that the loss of appetite symptom is more likely to occur when people have Omicron, rather than the Delta variant.
What are the other symptoms of Omicron?
The study still found that the most common Omicron covid symptoms were not very different to the Delta variant.
- Runny nose
- Fatigue (mild or severe)
- Sore throat
Half of the study participants said that they had the symptoms that have become closely associated with coronavirus including a fever, cough or loss of taste or smell.
Other common symptoms of Omicron include body aches and night sweats.
A further study from scientists all over the world is currently underway to try and build a clearer picture of how Omicron works and a full profile of how it may appear.
Research from Public Health Scotland, in a peer-reviewed journal, found that people who were infected in November and December were two-thirds less likely to be hospitalised, compared to the Delta variant.
This research is considered “very, very preliminary,” however and a high number of cases will see hospital admissions going up anyway.