In the next few days, temperatures will become tropical in some areas. However, those who wake up in the morning drenched in sweat should not necessarily attribute this to the scorching heat; a Covid disease could also be behind it.
Each Covid 19 variant is accompanied by more or more minor specific symptoms when infected. According to a biochemistry professor, one sign of the BA.5 variant is said to be particularly ambiguous.
The slightly altered clinical picture
Luke O’Neill is a professor at Dublin’s Trinity College. On the Pat Kenny Show’s Science with Luke O’Neill podcast, he talks about the differences between the delta and omicron variants and warns that infection with the latter is sometimes difficult to detect because there is one sign that sufferers can particularly often misinterpret, as Newstalk reports:
The disease is somewhat different because the virus has changed. There’s some immunity to the virus with the T cells. And that mix of the immune system and the slightly altered virus can lead to a modified somewhat disease – with, oddly enough, night sweats as a feature.
But these turn out to be quite extreme in the case of an existing Covid 19 infection: Both the pajamas and the bed linen and sheets should be completely soaked after waking up.
Vaccination remains important
In general, however, Omicron is less dangerous than its predecessor Delta, at least on average. In another episode of the podcast, he talks about the variant being more contagious but that it causes far fewer long-covid cases, for example.
Further, he stresses the importance of continuing to get vaccinated. Although the vaccine is adapted to the prevailing variant, the current vaccine still offers sufficient protection.
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