Doctors have warned of one unusual symptom that could be an ‘emergency warning sign’ you have the Omicron Covid-19 variant.
On January 11, 120,821 people tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, with more than one million having tested positive in the last seven days.
Now Omicron is the most dominant strain of coronavirus in the UK, it’s more important than ever to know what to look out for in friends and family who have become unwell.
The variant is believed to be harder to diagnose as many of the symptoms of the virus overlap with seasonal illnesses such as flu or the common cold, making Omicron harder to identify.
In addition to common coronavirus symptoms such as a continuous cough, fever and a loss of taste and smell, there is also fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache and a runny nose.
Now, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that confusion could also be an indication of having Omicron, The Sun reports.
Although many reports suggest the variant is ‘milder’ than the Delta strain, doctors recommend getting help ‘immediately’ if you or someone in your household appears to be confused while suffering from the virus.
The CDC also says anyone experiencing trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, inability to stay awake or pale or blue skin, lip or nail beds, should get urgent help.
According to the Mirror, other signs of Covid-19 can include hair loss and pink eye, which can be impacted by the way the virus enters your body and what sort of symptoms you develop in response.
Having a fever is common among those who catch Covid, but this can trigger some hair loss in a process known as telogen effluvium, which is where more hairs enter the ‘shedding’ phase of their cycle than usual.
This process can be brought on by a fever, so if someone who catches Covid suffers from a fever as one of the symptoms, they can also run the risk of losing hair.
Fortunately, this hair loss is only temporary, so the results of excess shedding should grow back given enough time.
Another unusual symptom of getting Covid is pink eye, otherwise known as conjunctivitis, because the virus is thought to get into your body through receptors for the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2).
The virus gets in by tricking the receptors into thinking it’s the ACE2 enzyme, and these receptors are found in different parts of the human eye.
Having these symptoms by themselves does not necessarily mean you’ve caught Covid, but if you think you have the virus then you should take a lateral flow test.