New Covid warning as scientist shares ‘strange’ night symptom of latest variant

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The new highly-contagious strain of Coronavirus could have a new strange symptom that only occurs at night.

While most of Britain moves on from the deadly pandemic, scientists are busy investigating the symptoms of Omicron's BA.5 variant.

Thought to be highly contagious, but not as deadly as previous variants and strains, a new study has warned of a tell-tale sign that you might have it.

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According to Professor Luke O'Neil form Trinity College Dublin, night sweats are caused by the new strain.

He said: “One extra symptom from BA.5 I saw this morning is night sweats.

“The disease is slightly different because the virus has changed.

“There is some immunity to it – obviously with the T-cells and so on – and that mix of your immune system and the virus being slightly different might give rise to a slightly different disease, strangely enough night sweats being a feature.

“But very importantly, if you are vaccinated and you’re boosted, it doesn’t progress into severe disease is the message to keep reminding people

Night sweats haven't actually been added to the official NHS list of symptoms yet, as the UK topped 205,000 deaths earlier this month.

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One slight positive of the new strain, is that you are around 20 to 50% less likely to get long Covid compared to other strains, according to the Zoe Covid study group.

Having identified 56,003 cases of Covid positive cases between December 20, 2021 and March 9, 2022, and compared them to around 41,000 cases of Delate, it was discovered that the chances of suffering from Long Covid is lower.

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Dr Claire Steves from King’s College London said: “The Omicron variant appears substantially less likely to cause Long-COVID than previous variants but still 1 in 25 people who catch COVID-19 go on to have symptoms for more than four weeks.

“Given the numbers of people affected it is important that we continue to support them at work, at home and within the NHS.”

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