An immunologist has warned that the new strain of COVID-19 can cause varying symptoms – including those that emerge during the night.
Omicron BA.5 is a highly-contagious sub-infectious that is of concern as it contributes to a new wave of infections worldwide, including in the UK.
Scientists are finding differences with previous strains, including their ability to re-infect people within weeks of being infected.
A leading immunologist has now suggested that it may cause a new symptom in patients.
“An additional symptom of BA.5 I noticed this morning is night sweats,” Professor Luke O’Neill of Trinity College Dublin told an Irish radio station in mid-July.
“Isn’t that weird?” He added.
BA.5 is increasing cases in many countries with BA.4, including across Europe and Australia. It has also become the dominant version in the US.
“The disease is a little different because the virus has changed,” Professor O’Neill told newsstock,
He added: “There’s some immunity to it – obviously with T-cells and so on – and the mix of your immune system and the virus being a little different can lead to a slightly different death, oddly enough night sweats are a feature. .
“But the very important thing is that if you get vaccinated and you’re promoted, it doesn’t progress into serious disease, that’s a message to remind people.”
BA.5 was first discovered in South Africa in February, a month after BA.4 was identified in the same country.
Both have since spread around the world and have raised concerns over the resurgence of Covid infections.
According to data from the Office for National Statistics, it has seen a 7 per cent increase in coronavirus cases in the UK to 3.8 million in the week to July 14, from 3.3 million a week earlier.
The institution stated that the enhancement is being driven by the above sub-versions.
The latest figures represent the highest estimate since the end of April, but still well below the record high of 4.9 million that was reached by the end of March.
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