It’s officially winter here in the US, and this is the time where we’re all exposed to the flu or allergies. But, every since the COVID-19 pandemic has come around, it has become difficult to differentiate between a common old and the coronavirus. To avoid the confusion and get tested, here’s a telltale sign that may point out an Omicron infection, if you’re feeling sick.
Dr. Amir Khan, a physician with the UK’s National Health Service highlighted several symptoms that distinguish the Omicron variant from the common cold and even other strains of COVID-19 — including drenching night sweats.
The noted British doctor described the distinguishing episodes as “those kinds of drenching night sweats where you might have to get up and change your clothes.” apart from the sweats, some other telltale symptoms of Omicron are a scratchy throat as opposed to a sore one, a dry cough, extreme fatigue, and mild muscle aches.
“This is important, and it’s important that we keep on top of these symptoms. If we are going to track Omicron and track it worldwide, we need to be able to test people with these symptoms. If they go onto the NHS website and say they have night sweats and muscle aches, they may not be able to book a PCR test. So we need the NHS website to keep up with these symptoms,” he said while talking to the media.
Doctors in South Africa, where the variant was first detected in November, also have said Omicron patients are reporting night sweats that leave their clothes and bedding soaking wet.