The symptoms of the omicron mutation are different from previous coronavirus symptoms, making them difficult to detect unless tested for COVID-19.
According to health experts, a new and unique feature of the Omicron transformation has emerged: night sweats.
“People do not report a loss of taste or smell with previous variants of Omicron.” John Torres, NBC News senior medical correspondent, told the Today Show. “But people are reporting night sweats, which is a strange thing to say they have.”
But what exactly are night sweats and how are they associated with COVID-19?
Here’s what you need to know.
According to The Mayo Clinic, night sweats are “frequent episodes of severe sweating,” which can soak your bedsheets.
They are usually associated with illness or underlying medical conditions.
Night sweats were usually associated with severe medical conditions ranging from fever to cancer but were not associated with coronavirus until the Omicron mutation of COVID-19 began to spread globally.
One of the hallmarks of medical professionals is that night sweats separate the Omicron mutation from other COVID-19 variants. Scratching, sore throat is another.
Doctors treating patients in hospitals and emergency care have documented more patients with an Omicron mutation of COVID-19 reporting night sweats.
Dr. Klein is a doctor of the National Health Service of the United Kingdom. Aamir Khan said people should now see night sweats as a symptom of COVID’s Omicron transformation so they can be tested.
“It is very important that we keep on top of these symptoms because if we are going to track Omicron here and worldwide we will be able to test people who have these symptoms,” Dr. Khan told The Sun.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources, the main features of the Omicron transformation are:
- The runny nose
- Sore or scratched throat
- Night sweats
Compared to most COVID strains of 2020 and 2021, those who test positive for the omicron mutation of COVID-19 are less likely to lose taste or odor.
But they have the characteristic of night sweats.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tells you that you need to get one of the three COVID-19 vaccines available to you – Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson – as well as wearing a mask indoors and putting a six-foot piece of art in public. Others, and wash your hands frequently and with water.
The agency recommends that 12-year-olds and older should receive a Pfizer vaccine or a booster shot five months after the initial series of Moderna vaccines.
For those 18 years and older who received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine, the CDC recommends getting a one-shot J&J vaccine two months after the booster, switching to an mRNA vaccine, such as Pfizer or Moderna shots.