‘Stealth Omicron’ Covid symptoms that could confirm infection before testing positive

A new sub-variant of Omicron Covid is now spreading throughout the nation.

The sub-variant known as BA.2 – or ‘Stealth’ Omicron – was first identified in December 2021 and has since been identified in countries worldwide.

Experts are continuing to study the new version of Omicron with a World Health Organization (WHO) report confirming that BA2 is different from earlier mutations due to its cellular spike protein structure, reports The Mirror.

It means that the infection presents differently, including two symptoms that may appear even before you know you have the infection.

The number of people confirmed to have come down with the BA.2 Omicron sub-variant in Scotland now stands at 103.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the numbers during her announcement in parliament on Tuesday.

It marks an increase of 77 since last week.

Here is everything we know about the symptoms of the new sub-variant so far…

What are two symptoms of Stealth Omicron that appear before you test positive?

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There are two symptoms that may show up even before you test.

One of the common symptoms of Stealth Omicron – much like the original variant – is vertigo or dizziness.

The NHS explained: “These may come and go throughout the day. If they are constant or very intense, you should inform your healthcare professional as they may want to do some further investigations.”

Another common symptom which appears quite early if you’re infected by the virus is fatigue. Dr Angelique Coetzee, the South African doctor who first alerted authorities to Omicron back in November 2021, has said that fatigue alongside muscle pains can be among the early signs of the variant.

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What are the common symptoms of Omicron?

Stealth Omicron symptoms have been described as almost identical to those of the original Omicron variant. The symptoms of Omicron according to the ZOE Covid study are:

  • Dry/scratchy throat

  • runny nose

  • sneezing

  • Mild muscle aches

  • fatigue

More unusual signs include fainting, congestion, brain fog, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, nausea or vomiting Some people also reported experiencing sleep paralysis and night sweats as well.

While BA.2 is still under investigation, the CDC did issue a warning about the original Omicron, asking people to keep an eye out for pale, gray or blue-coloured skin, lips or nail beds. This could indicate low levels of oxygen in the blood and require urgent medical attention.

Where to get tests from?

Lateral flow tests or rapid tests help to check if someone has been infected and there are a few ways to get a test done.

  • Order at-home tests – you can get rapid lateral flow test kits sent to your home via the government website
  • Pick up test at pharmacy – most pharmacies have a rapid flow test and buying it from there is usually the quickest way to get one
  • Community collection point – you may be able to get up to 2 packs of 7 rapid tests from some community places, like libraries. Check with your local council if you’re eligible to pick up rapid tests from a community collection point
  • Go to a test site – you might be eligible to get tested at a rapid lateral flow test site. If you go to a test site you might need an appointment so be sure to check before you go
  • Schools, college, nursery – if you attend or work at a school, college or nursery you can get rapid tests through these establishments. Some employers and universities also offer rapid tests
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For PCR tests, you can either order a test kit to be sent to your home or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site.

If you’re getting a PCR test because you’ve had a positive day two lateral flow travel test, you can only get the test sent to your home.

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George Holan

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

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