The new ‘stealth Omicron’ strain is still being monitored as people across the UK continue to test positive for Covid. According to experts, here are the gut health symptoms to look out for with the sub-strain
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And, with the new ‘stealth’ Omicron sub-strain infecting people across the UK, it comes as no surprise that people are wary of what to look out for.
However, according to ZOE Covid Symptom Study’s Professor Tim Spector, the mutant variant is likely to affect the gut.
He told The Sun: “We know that the virus tries to enter the mouth or nose, and shows up in the respiratory system or the lungs.
“We know that this virus travels to different parts of the body. It’s possible that Omicron or another variant is attacking the gut. And this would not be showing in the nose – so you could have a gut infection but not show up as positive.”
Here’s everything you need to look out for, including Omicron gut symptoms and other symptoms that may show up before you test positive.
What are the six stealth Omicron gut health symptoms?
While Omicron presents a variety of symptoms in those infected, medical experts believe the main ones may be present in the gut.
Infirmary Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Bill Admire told WPMI-TV: “With Delta, the upper respiratory symptoms were very severe. It was in the lung. Patients would have pneumonia, respiratory failure and would go on a ventilator.
“But with Omicron, patients with gastrointestinal problems are flaring up and having more symptoms.”
The six gut health symptoms you should be looking out for are:
- Abdominal pain
The ZOE Covid study lists Diarrhoea as a general symptom of Covid, though it describes it as a “less well-known” one.
The website explains: “Diarrhoea caused by COVID-19 is similar to the upset tummy you might get from a regular stomach bug, such as rotavirus or norovirus.”
Adding: “We think COVID-19 causes diarrhoea because the virus can invade cells in the gut and disrupt its normal function.”
And, when it comes to abdominal pains, the study claims it is a rare symptom of Covid, but can still impact those infected.
It states: “COVID-related abdominal pains are a generalised pain around the middle of your belly. You might feel sore all around the belly area.”
According to the study, you’re most likely to encounter this symptom in the first few days of illness. This could mean you may not have even tested positive before experiencing abdominal pain.
All 25 Omicron and Covid symptoms to look out for
Though the number of positive Covid cases is declining weekly, there are still over 40,000 daily positive cases across the UK.
It is important to still test and self-isolate if you take a test and find that you have Covid.
And, prior to doing a test, you may be wondering what symptoms you’re likely to experience if you have been infected with any of the virus’ strains, including the new Omicron sub-strain.
Here are the 25 unusual Covid and Omicron symptoms to look out for according to the NHS, CDC and ZOE Covid study:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat or hoarse voice
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- High temperature
- New, continuous cough
- Back pain
- A loss of appetite
- Sleep paralysis
- Skin rash
- Night sweats
- Covid tongue
- Covid toes or fingers
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain