Mysterious symptom of new Omicron variant only appears at night, doctors report

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One of the more peculiar symptoms of the new Omicron coronavirus variant only happens at night.

The UK's Covid-19 rates are breaking records again as daily new positive cases have already risen to over 90,000 a day since the Omicron variant emerged, creating new and different symptoms such as night sweats in those affected.

Number 10 are planning further restrictions, following the re-introduction to masks in public spaces, that may include a two-week circuit breaker and limitations on pubs and restaurants in order to curb the spread of the variant.

There are more reports of lateral flow tests not picking up Omicron and more people relying on PCRs, which also become fully booked up on the government website. To make sure you're curbing the spread of coronavirus, it's advisable to be informed of all the symptoms that may occur from the variant.

Doctors in South Africa, where Omicron initially emerged, have said that patients are reporting symptoms of night sweats.

Night sweats are when you sweat so much to the point that your night clothes and bedding are left soaking wet, even though where you are sleeping is cool.

Covid-19 symptoms initially included a dry, continuous cough, high temperature, and a loss of sense of taste or smell.

But now people are reporting new symptoms from Omicron including a runny nose, headache, fatigue, body aches and pains, and night sweats.

Doctors say that the effects are milder in those that have been vaccinated.

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Dr Amir Khan explained on ITV’s Lorraine that such new symptoms must be added to the NHS website to help keep track of cases and make infections easier to detect.

He 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.

“If they go onto the NHS website and say I’ve got night sweats and I’ve got muscle aches, they may not be able to book a PCR test.

“So we need the NHS website to keep up with these symptoms.”

Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, told MPs that Omicron is “probably the most significant threat” the country has faced since the start of the pandemic.

She said the “real potential risk” is whether these cases turn into severe disease, hospitalisations and deaths – but it is still “too early” to be clear on the effects.

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