A strange new symptom of the omicron variant has emerged: Night sweats

Symptoms of the omicron variant differ from earlier coronavirus symptoms, making them difficult to detect unless tested for COVID-19.

According to health experts, a unique new symptom of the omicron variant has emerged: night sweats.

“People don’t report as much loss of taste or smell with omicron as with previous variants,” NBC News senior medical correspondent Dr. John Torres told The Today Show. “But people are reporting night sweats, which is a very strange symptom they say they have.”

But what exactly are night sweats and how have they been linked to COVID-19?

Here’s what you need to know.

Night sweats are “repeated episodes of extreme sweating” that could soak your sheets, according to the Mayo Clinic.

They are often linked to an underlying disease or medical condition.

Night sweats were most commonly associated with medical conditions ranging in severity from the flu to cancer, but they weren’t associated with the coronavirus until the omicron variant of COVID-19 began spreading around the world. .

Night sweats are one of the unique symptoms that medical professionals say sets the omicron variant apart from other variants of COVID-19. An irritated sore throat is another.

Physicians treating patients in hospitals and emergency care have documented more patients entering with the omicron variant of COVID-19 reporting night sweats.

Dr Amir Khan, a doctor with the UK’s National Health Service, said people should now look for night sweats as a symptom of the omicron variant of COVID so they can get tested.

“It is important that we monitor these symptoms because if we are to track omicron here and around the world, we need to be able to test people with these symptoms,” Dr Khan told The Sun.

The main symptoms of the omicron variant according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources are:

  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat or throat irritation
  • Night sweats
  • Tired

Those who test positive for the omicron variant of COVID-19 are less likely to have loss of taste or smell, compared to COVID strains of 2020 and most of 2021.

But they are more likely to have the single symptom of night sweats.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says you should get one of three COVID-19 vaccines available to you — Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson — as well as wear a mask indoors in public, in staying six feet away from others, and washing hands often with soap and water.

The agency also recommends that people age 12 and older receive a booster shot five months after their first round of Pfizer vaccines or Moderna vaccines for ages 18 and older.

For people 18 and older who have received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine, the CDC recommends receiving a booster two months after the single-shot J&J vaccine, preferably switching to an mRNA vaccine such as the shots Pfizer or Moderna.

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Are my symptoms an omicron variant of COVID or a common cold?

Symptoms of the omicron variant to look out for if you are fully vaccinated

Variant of Omicron: these are the most common symptoms

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