Omicron is the predominant variant in Ireland, where cases of the virus are currently circulating.
On Friday, more than 11,000 cases were confirmed, the largest number since the start of the pandemic.
Omicron’s symptoms are known to differ from those of other types of coronavirus.
Some symptoms are the same or very similar, such as a dry cough, but people are told to watch out for some effects that may seem unusual.
One strange effect appears to affect people with the new variant and may help signal the virus if some individuals are asymptomatic.
So what supposedly strange symptoms might indicate that you have the Omicron variant?
Is loss of appetite a new symptom of Omicron?
Some indications suggest that loss of appetite may be a symptom of Omicron.
Scientists who are part of Study of symptoms of ZOE Covid It looked at symptom data from positive cases recorded in the research data and compared it to information from early October when delta was dominant.
People who participated in the study reported anorexia as one of their symptoms.
They also reported a type of «brain fog» when infected with the virus.
These contributors were confirmed or likely to have an Omicron variant, indicating that anorexia is more likely to occur when subjects have an Omicron, rather than the Delta variant.
What are other symptoms of Omicron?
The study still found that the most common Omicron Covid symptoms were not entirely different from the delta variant.
- Runny nose
- fatigue (mild or severe)
- sore throat
Half of the study participants said they had symptoms that have become closely associated with the coronavirus, including fever, cough, or loss of taste or smell.
Other common symptoms of Omicron include body aches and night sweats.
Research from Public Health Scotland, in a peer-reviewed journal, found that people who were infected in November and December were two-thirds less likely to be admitted to hospital, compared to the delta variant.
This research is considered «too preliminary», however, as a large number of cases would drive up the number of hospital admissions anyway.
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