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Omicron infection: Don’t ignore this warning sign

Omicron infection: Don't ignore this warning sign

In the case of the corona variant Omicron, some of the symptoms differ from other virus variants. Researchers also warn of “emergency warning signs”.Frankfurt – Many people are already familiar with the typical corona symptoms such as cough, fever and loss of smell and taste. But how do you recognize an infection with the more contagious omicron variant? Initial analyzes using the ZOE Covid Symptom Study App have already shown that people infected with Omicron often complain of cold symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, sneezing, sore throat and a runny nose in the early symptoms (three days after the positive test). But there are also new and unusual signs. According to US researchers, there are also some lesser-known corona symptoms that differ greatly from previous signs of infection. Anyone who discovers this should seek urgent treatment.Omicron spreads extremely quickly. In Germany, too, it is expected that the variant will soon be the dominant virus form. What is dangerous about Omicron is that it is more contagious than previous mutations, and studies have shown that the effectiveness of the vaccines is weakened in Omicron. However, this variant of the corona virus should ensure a rather mild course compared to the delta variant. Nevertheless, it is important to be careful, because Omikron is also characterized by other and sometimes new symptoms. Experts from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) also warn of possible corona symptoms that should not be overlooked, such as signs on the skin, lips or nails, reports the British Sun, among others. Some changes in the body can be signs of an omicron infection.© jhandersen/Imago

Corona infection with omicron: Blue coloring on the skin, lips or nails are warning signs

Anyone who notices a pale, gray or blue coloration on their skin, lips or nail beds should urgently be examined by a medical specialist, according to the recommendation. These are worrying symptoms that could possibly indicate a corona infection. They are also dangerous because, according to the report, they can be a sign of low oxygen levels in the blood. The CDC experts therefore speak of an “emergency warning sign”. Warning signs of a corona infection:

  • difficulty breathing
  • Persistent chest pain or pressure
  • confusion
  • inability to wake up or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue skin, lips, or nail beds
  • (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Other more unusual omicron symptoms could include back pain, a hoarse or raspy voice, night sweats, muscle aches and a runny nose. Researchers from South Africa and Great Britain were also able to observe severe night sweats in patients infected with omicron.

    Corona symptoms: Unusual signs indicate omicron infection

    The British doctor Amir Khan reported on the symptoms of the omicron variant in an interview with the TV channel ITV: “It’s the kind of sweating that makes you feel like you have to get up and change your clothes,” says Khan. Loss of appetite is another reported symptom. In the Delta variant, on the other hand, loss of appetite was not a known symptom. On the other hand, no people who have been infected with omicron complain about the typical corona symptom of loss of taste and smell, as South African doctor Angelique Coetzee did in the British newspaper The Telegraph at the end of November had reported.

    Omicron variant: Milder course of the disease gives hope

    The omicron variant was reported from South Africa in November. According to the Robert Koch Institute, it has an unusually high number of mutations in the so-called spike protein, a component of the virus. Some of the mutations are relevant, for example, in terms of transferability, which is particularly high in the case of omicron. At the same time, experts assume that the variant causes milder disease progression. That gives hope. Christian Drosten was also optimistic with regard to an Omicron study. “Pioneering study by Neil Ferguson on omicron,” wrote the chief virologist at the Charité in Berlin on Twitter. For example, the risk of hospitalization with the Omicron variant is 20 to 25 percent lower than with Delta. The lungs are also said to be attacked much less frequently with an omicron infection than with other corona variants. (svw) Rubric list image: © jhandersen/Imago

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