Doctors reveal main Omicron symptom that appears when you’re asleep

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With Covid cases once again surging across England and the UK, doctors have revealed the main symptoms suffered by patients who contract the new Omicron variant

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Londoners warned of top five Omicron symptoms

The Omicron Covid variant is spreading rapidly across the UK and there are fears stricter measures could soon be imposed in a bid to control the virus.

The number of Omicron cases recorded across the country hit almost 25,000 as of 6pm on Friday, up by more than 10,000 cases from 24 hours earlier.

With cases surging and experts warning there are likely already hundreds of thousands of new infections every day, scientists are now urging people to look out for a distinctive new symptom linked to the Omicron variant that appears when you’re asleep.

Dr Amir Khan has said that doctors from South Africa – the country in which the variant was first detected – have discovered that patients with Omicron have been suffering with night sweats as they sleep, Wales Online reports.

Speaking to ITV’s Lorraine, Dr Khan explained patients have also experienced body aches and pains, fatigue, fever and a dry cough.

A scratchy throat, mild muscle aches, extreme tiredness, a dry cough and night sweats are all symptoms of the new variant
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Dr Khan said: “The symptoms that are coming out of South Africa by the doctors that are looking after patients with Omicron show these five new symptoms.

“A scratchy throat, mild muscle aches, extreme tiredness, a dry cough and night sweats. Those kind of drenching night sweats where you might have to get up and change your clothes.

“And this is important. It’s important we keep on top of these symptoms, because if we’re going to keep track of Omicron here and worldwide we need to be able to test people with these symptoms.”

Dr Khan added that the symptoms are milder among those who have been vaccinated.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, as well as a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Covid cases are once again surging across the country
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The news comes after SAGE scientists warned ‘Plan B’ measures alone would not be enough to prevent the variant ravaging the NHS – and recommended closing indoor pubs and cancelling crowded events.

Stricter measures could be imposed after Boxing Day, according to a report in The Sun, which said the contingency plan had not yet been presented to ministers.

These could include limits on households mixing, meeting indoors, table service only in pubs and numbers of people allowed into shops.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Sunday that ministers are discussing the latest coronavirus data almost hourly with scientific advisers, and said the Government will “do what is necessary” when asked about possible further measures.

He told Trevor Phillips On Sunday on Sky News: “We’ve shown in the past as Government in dealing with this pandemic that we will do what is necessary but it’s got to be backed up by the data.”

He added: “We are watching the data and discussing it with our scientists and our best advisors almost on an hourly basis. And we will monitor that very carefully. We will keep the situation under review.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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