Covid-19: body pain, night sweats … what we know about the symptoms of the Omicron variant

STATE OF PLAY – Since the appearance in South Africa of the new variant of Covid – 17 which is now sweeping over Europe and the United States, experts know more on the signs that characterize it. At least one of them seems to be specific to him.

Audrey LE GUELLEC – 2021 – 09 – 24 T 12: 19: 25. . + 000: 00

As it progresses in the world, the Omicron variant is revealed a little more in the eyes of experts. While the first symptoms attributed to it were more or less similar to those of the previous variants, a sign, until then relatively unusual, has just been discovered by researchers: night sweats.

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“We have seen a sharp increase in cases over the past ten days. So far, these were mostly very mild cases, patients with flu-like symptoms: cough dryness, fever, night sweats, many bodily pains “, explained the general practitioner Unben Pillay during a conference nce organized by the South African Department of Health.

“Repeated episodes of extreme sweating” If this new symptom attributed to the Omicron variant has already been noted during infections with the Delta variant, it has only been very rare occasions. Medically, the night sweats are described as “repeated episodes of extreme sweating”, that occur during the sleep phase. In other words, the affected person may wake up drenched in sweat.

Read also In addition to this possible manifestation of the Covid infection – 17 which appears to be more specific to Omicron, four other symptoms have been described by scientists: itchy throat , rashes (especially in children), the muscle aches and an fa extreme tigue . .

According to a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “cough, fatigue, congestion or runny nose” are the most frequently reported symptoms, similar to colds. Fever, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath and diarrhea have also been reported, but to a lesser extent.

Also read At the South African conference, researchers met however wanted to be reassuring on one point by confirming that the Omicron variant, although much more contagious, would cause fewer serious forms in affected patients.

On December 9, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had mentioned “elements which suggest that Omicron causes less severe symptoms than Delta” , while stressing that it “is too early to be sure”. The next day, Michael Ryan, the WHO emergency manager, confirmed this observation during an interview with AFP. “The general behavior we are seeing so far shows no increase in severity” , he underlined, relying in particular on “milder symptoms” observed in southern Africa.

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