The unusual symptom of the new Covid Omicron strain that shows up during the night


Omicron patients have suffered the night sweats, drenching bed clothes and sheets, alongside other recognised Covid symptoms like a dry cough and fever.

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What do we know about the Omicron variant?

The Omicron variant has one feature that distinguishes it from the other strains so far with carriers suffering the night sweats.

Night sweats are when you sweat so much that your night clothes and bedding are soaking wet.

At a briefing convened by South Africa’s Department of Health, GP Unben Pillay listed the symptoms that Omicron patients were reporting, ChronicleLive reports.

The GP said that he is also seeing patients with the variant presenting with a dry cough, fever, fatigue, and “a lot of body pains”.

He suggested that vaccinated people tend to do “much better”.

The UKHSA has also said it believes the booster Covid jab is essential in protecting against Omicron, though it is too early for certainty as to how the vaccines work against it.

However, there are many encouraging signs that the current vaccines will provide some protection against the new strain of the virus.

People wait in line at a walk-up vaccination site in Washington

Early data suggests booster jabs against Covid-19 do provide an extra layer of protection against the illness.

“If the variant does undermine vaccine performance, extra protection against the virus might require four or more jabs, possibly with new vaccine formulations — sharpening questions over whether boosting will need to continue indefinitely,” states an article published in the journal Nature.

“The Omicron variant has also further clouded forecasts of how booster campaigns will affect the pandemic’s trajectory.”

The new Omicron variant of coronavirus is continuing to spread across the UK with cases recorded in the North East.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Omicron a “variant of concern” and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has imposed new measures this week to curb the spread.

Face coverings and social distancing measures return in bid to curb spread

Face masks will be compulsory in many indoor venues, working-from-home advice has returned and a NHS Covid pass will be needed to get in to nightclubs and venues.

It comes as cases of the Omicron Covid variant have been confirmed in Northumberland, Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

According to figures released on Friday evening, there were three cases recorded in Northumberland, two in Newcastle and one in Middlesbrough – all based on positive tests from the week ending November 29.

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) – which released the data – said it expects there to have been more than one million cases of the new variant in the UK by the end of December, and for Omicron to be the dominant strain of Covid within a fortnight.

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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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