An immunologist has issued a warning that the new strain of Covid-19 may be responsible for a variety of symptoms, including one that appears at night.
Omicron BA.5 is a subvariant that is extremely infectious and has been linked to a recent surge of infections throughout the world, including in the UK.
Researchers have discovered variations from earlier strains, such as the capacity to re-infect individuals weeks after Covid.
It may now be generating a new symptom in patients, according to a renowned immunologist.
Mid-July, Professor Luke O’Neill from Trinity College Dublin informed an Irish radio station that night sweats were an additional symptom of BA.5.
“Don’t you find that odd?” He added.
Along with BA.4, BA.5 is causing a rise in cases in a number of nations, including Australia and Europe. In the US, it has likewise taken over as the preferred version.
According to Professor O’Neill of Newstalk, “The sickness is slightly different because the virus has evolved.”
The combination of your immune system and the virus being somewhat different can result in a bit different disease, curiously enough night sweats being a characteristic, he said. “There is some immunity to it, clearly with the T-cells and so on.
The message to keep informing people is that it does not progress into a severe disease if you are vaccinated and given a booster.
One month after BA.4 was detected in the same country, BA.5 was first found there in February.
Both have subsequently spread around the globe, raising worries about a rise in Covid infections.
According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, the number of coronavirus cases in the UK increased by 7% to 3.8 million in the week to July 14 from 3.3 million the previous week.
According to the organization, the aforementioned sub-variants continue to be the main drivers of the growth.
The most recent estimates are the highest since late April, although they are still less than the record high of 4.9 million that was attained at the end of March.