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Covid, one of the new symptoms is abnormal night sweats

As we know, Covid symptoms have changed in these two years of the pandemic. While the classic symptoms initially included fever, loss of smell and taste, shortness of breath, today things are different, thanks to the variants, but above all to the protection given by vaccines, which have transformed the virus into something that tends to be less dangerous to be and that it affects the upper airway, and no longer the lower.

Covid, the most common symptoms in these two years of the pandemic

I more frequent Covid symptoms reported since the beginning of the pandemic:

  • high temperature or chills even in the absence of fever
  • cough continues
  • loss or change in smell or taste
  • short of breath
  • unwarranted fatigue or exhaustion
  • scattered pains
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • closed or runny nose
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhea.

The new symptoms of Omicron 5 and how dangerous it is

The Omicron 5 variant now dominant in many countries it was first discovered in South Africa last February, a month after the identification of the 4 in the same country. Since then, both variants have spread around the world and have caused concern about a resurgence of Covid infections, both in Europe and in the United States (here we talked about how many swabs you should do to be sure of the result).

A new study published in Nature revealed this Omicron 5 is 4 times more resistant to Covid vaccines. This means that those who are not vaccinated are about 5 times more likely to contract the virus compared to those vaccinated, 7.5 more to develop a severe form of illness with many hospitalizations e up to 15 times to die.

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What increased in these two years was also the appearance of new and different symptoms that had never been encountered before. The most commonly reported symptoms today are sore throat, sneezing, persistent cough and headache. Experts also explain that a Covid-positive person is more likely to report today bowel-related symptoms, such as diarrhea, compared to loss of smell.

Here we talked to you about the drugs that should be taken for Covid at the first symptoms.

A new nocturnal symptom: abnormal and excessive sweating

Another wake-up call, which can tell us that we have caught Covid, now comes from the United Kingdom. In Great Britain for about a month now there has been a sharp increase in positive Omicron 5 cases complaining of strong Night sweatsabnormal and excessive, unrelated to the high temperatures of this hot summer.

“Another symptom of BA.5 that I’ve seen is night sweats,” Luke O’Neill, a professor at Trinity College Dublin, first explained. The symptom went from a rare Covid symptom to hitting the11% of patients in the past weekaccording to the app of the ZOE Covid study used in the UK for virus monitoring.

However, night sweats are still much less common than most standard symptoms such as sore throat (affecting 56% of Covid-positive people), headache (48%) and dry cough (43%).

Responding to the reasons why positives are affected by new symptoms, O’Neill explained that the disease is “slightly different because the virus has changed. There is a certain immunity, and that mixture of slightly different immune systems and viruses can give rise to even a slightly different disease ”, of which night sweats would be a feature.

“But, very important – added the expert – if you are vaccinated, the disease does not progress to seriousness: this is the message to keep reminding people ”. For the unvaccinated, and even worse if they have never had Covid, things can be rather very different (here what we know about the universal vaccine against all variants).

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The new findings on Lung Covid: long-term symptoms and who is most affected

As for the post-Covid, more and more people complain about prolonged complaints. Commonly reported prolonged symptoms of Covid, such as fatigue and shortness of breathhave a significant effect on people’s daily activities, quality of life and ability to work.

But in a new study published in the journal Nature Medicine, 62 symptoms associated with Lung Covid have now been identified. Much of the work was done among hospitalized people.

Analyzing the medical records of more than 450,000 people in England with a confirmed diagnosis of Covid and 1.9 million people without Covid, from January 2020 to April 2021, it was found that people diagnosed with Covid had a were significantly more likely to report the 62 symptoms indicated, only 20 of which are included in the World Health Organization’s case definition for Lung Covid.

These differences in reported symptoms between infected and uninfected groups remained even after taking into account age, sex, ethnic group, socioeconomic status, body mass index, smoking status, presence of more than 80 health conditions, and previous reports of the same symptom.

It was also discovered that younger age, female sex, belonging to certain ethnic minority groups, lower socioeconomic status, smoking, obesity and a wide range of health conditions were all associated with a higher risk of reporting persistent symptoms more than 12 weeks after Covid infection.

Some of these symptoms were expected, such as loss of smell, shortness of breath and fatigue. But some of the symptoms strongly associated with Covid after 12 weeks were surprisingly and less well-known, such as hair loss and the decreased libido. Other symptoms included chest pain, fever, bowel incontinence, erectile dysfunction and swelling of the limbs.

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About 80% of people with Lung Covid in the study experienced a wide spectrum of symptoms, ranging from fatigue to headaches to pain. The second largest group, accounting for 15%, had predominantly mental and cognitive health symptoms, including depression, anxiety, cognitive fog and insomnia. The third and smallest group, the remaining 5%, had mainly respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing.

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