Health officials warn of new Covid Omicron symptom being reported by patients

Lena Weib

According to those suffering with the Omicron variant of Covid, a new symptom has reared its head in recent weeks.

While the dominant strain in Ireland has been known to cause less severe infection than Delta, thousands of people are still falling catching the virus.

According to the Zoe Symptom Study app – where users document their experience of the virus – one common ailment continues to pop up.

Lower back pain has been plaguing those who are positive with the highly transmissible strain and so health officials have decided to add the symptom to the top 20 list.

All of the people using the app are based in the UK and according to reports, it receives millions of entries everyday.

New stats releases have confirmed that lower back pain has been reported by 20% of Covid patients in the week up to February 6.

Health officials warn of new Omicron symptom being reported by patients

It hasn’t come as much of a surprise to medical professionals, because doctors in South Africa began reporting the sign of Omicron back in early December.

Professor Tim Spector, who is one of the people behind the Zoe study, said: “Because of your reports, we added in low back pain as an option and it’s coming in quite frequently.”

The symptoms have yet to be added to the King’s College of London have yet to add lower back pain to their official list of Covid symptoms because it is “early days” at this point.

The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are:

  • fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above) – including having chills
  • dry cough
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • COVID-19 symptoms can be like symptoms of cold, flu or hay fever.

Health officials warn of new Omicron symptom being reported by patients
Health officials warn of new Omicron symptom being reported by patients

Less common symptoms of Covid-19 include:

  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this could mean they’re completely gone or just different to normal
  • nasal congestion (runny or blocked nose)
  • conjunctivitis (also known as red eye or pink eye)
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • muscle or joint pain (aches and pains)
  • different types of skin rash
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • chills or dizziness
  • Severe symptoms

Symptoms of severe Covid include:

  • shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
  • loss of appetite
  • confusion
  • pain or pressure in the chest
  • fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above)

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