A novel sub-variant of the highly transmissible Omicron Covid strain is rapidly spreading around the world. Here’s an odd symptom that could indicate Stealth Omicron.
The Omicron variant, which now accounts for nearly all coronavirus infections worldwide, has been on the decline. However, a new Covid strain sibling has appeared, which has specialists concerned.
Known as BA.2 and called “Stealth Omicron” because it’s difficult to detect, the strain was first found in December 2021.
Despite the fact that specialists are still examining this novel sub-variant, the World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that BA.2 is different from previous variants due to its cellular spike protein structure.
Little is known about this ‘close cousin’ of Omicron that has recently begun to spread around the world. However, researchers are beginning to notice a recurrence of one specific symptom in the infected.
Despite the fact that Covid was previously thought to be mostly a respiratory infection, new symptoms and mutations have developed over the course of the pandemic, indicating that the virus can impact other organs and systems in the body.
According to the British Heart Foundation, one such sign is an increased heart rate, which is a common symptom of the new stealth Omicron strain.
When you have a fever or inflammation caused by Covid, your heart may beat faster as it works harder to pump more blood around your body to combat the infection.
Even after recovering from Covid infection, some people have reported heart palpitations, according to the British Heart Foundation.
Usually, these palpitations are not cause for concern, but if you have a rapid heart rate for an extended period of time or if it’s accompanied by other symptoms like chest discomfort, dizziness, or blackouts, it’s advisable to get medical help.
Stealth Omicron symptoms are said to be nearly identical to those of the original Omicron type. According to the ZOE Covid research, Omicron symptoms include:
- Dry/scratchy throat
- Runny nose
- Mild muscle aches
Fainting, congestion, brain fog, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, nausea or vomiting, sleep paralysis, and night sweats are among the most unusual symptoms of the initial strain.
As compared to the virus’s initial appearance in 2020, symptoms like shortness of breath and a loss of taste and smell aren’t as common in the new variants.
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