The symptoms of the coronavirus are well known and people are advised to watch out for them. However, there may be one strange sign a lot of people have not heard of
Symptoms of the coronavirus must be carefully watched out for in order to protect yourself and others from the virus.
Now is one of the most important times to be able to take note of all the potential symptoms out there. The number of cases in the UK is extremely high at the moment, with cases of the new Omicron variant accounting for a large part of them.
On December 22, 2021, UK Covid cases soared by 106,122 in the biggest ever increase since the beginning of the pandemic.
The Omicron variant is now dominant in England and it has key signs and characteristics that differ slightly from previous variants, such as the Delta variant.
One symptom is particularly strange, so what is it?
What is the strange Omicron Covid symptom?
Having trouble sleeping is common, but sleep paralysis may be an alarming side effect of having the Omicron variant of covid.
According to the NHS : “Sleep paralysis is when you cannot move or speak as you are waking up or falling asleep. It can be scary but it’s harmless and most people will only get it once or twice in their life.”
The harmless symptoms can be scary as people are unable to move or speak or open their eyes. They may also feel like someone is in the room, feelings of fear, or a sensation like someone is pushing you down. This can last up to several minutes at a time.
It is not clear why sleep paralysis occurs, or why it may be more likely during the time a person has Covid, but it has been linked with stress and anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, narcolepsy or insomnia.
It may just occur as a result of disrupted sleeping patterns – Covid is a time of heightened stress – and there is a suggestion that it can run in families.
Sleep therapy expert Dr Kat Lederle told MailOnline : “I think it is more likely that should there be an increase in sleep paralysis, that this is due to the stress resulting from the big changes to how we go and live our lives at the moment, the uncertainty and anxiety that we are facing which are impacting on our sleep system.”
Other common symptoms of the new Omicron variant
Many people with the new Omicron variant of the virus have experienced another strange symptom during the night.
Sufferers have found that night sweats have been a real problem and that they are waking up covered in sweat, as though they have experienced a particularly bad dream.
Speaking to ITV’s Lorraine, Dr Amir 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 kinds 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.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.