A strange new symptom of the ommicron variant has surfaced: Night sweats

Symptoms of the ommicron variant are different from previous symptoms of coronavirus, making them difficult to detect unless tested for COVID-19.

According to health experts, a new and unique symptom of the ommicron variant has emerged: night sweats.

“People don’t report as much loss of taste or smell with omicron as with previous variants,” Dr. John Torres, NBC News’ senior medical correspondent on the Today Show. “But people report night sweats, which are a very strange symptom they say they have.”

But what exactly is night sweats and how has it been linked to COVID-19?

Here’s what you need to know.

Night sweats are “repeated episodes of extreme perspiration” that can soak your sheets, according to The Mayo Clinic.

They are often related to a disease or underlying medical condition.

Night sweats were most commonly associated with medical conditions ranging in severity from the flu to cancer, but were not associated with the coronavirus until the ommicron variant of COVID-19 began to spread worldwide.

Night sweats are one of the unique symptoms that medical professionals say distinguish the Omicron variant from other COVID-19 variants. A scratchy, sore throat is another.

Doctors who treated patients in hospitals and emergency care documented more patients coming in with the omicron variant of COVID-19 reporting night sweats.

dr. Amir Khan, a doctor with the UK’s National Health Service, said people should now look for night sweats as a symptom of the omicron variant of COVID so they can get tested.

“It’s important that we keep an eye on these symptoms because if we want to track omicron here and globally, we need to be able to test people with these symptoms,” Dr. Khan to The Sun.

The main symptoms of the omicron variant according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources include the following:

  • Cough
  • Accumulation
  • Running nose
  • Sore or scratchy throat
  • night sweat
  • Fatigue

Those who test positive for the ommicron variant of COVID-19 are less likely to experience a loss of taste or smell compared to the COVID-19 strains from 2020 and most of 2021.

But they are more likely to have the unique symptom of night sweats.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say you should get one of the three COVID-19 vaccines available to you — Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson — along with wearing a mask indoors in public, and one and a half meters away from others, and wash your hands often with soap and water.

The agency also recommends that individuals age 12 and older receive a booster shot, or Moderna vaccines for those over 18, five months after their first round of the Pfizer vaccine.

For those 18 and older who have received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine, the CDC recommends that two months after the single J&J vaccine, they receive a booster, preferably switching to an mRNA vaccine such as the Pfizer or Moderna injections.

Related stories about the ommicron variant and COVID-19:

Which mask is best for protection against the ommicron variant of COVID?

Are my symptoms an Omicron variant of COVID or a cold?

The symptoms of the omicron variant to look out for if you are fully vaccinated

Omicron variant: these are the most common symptoms

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