Experts warn specific bathroom habit could be a symptom of Omicron variant


Experts have identified that people suffering with diarrhoea may be infected with the Omicron variant.

The highly mutated strain is now the dominant strain in the UK and has been causing a surge in positive cases across the country – as Mirror Online reports.

The symptoms of Omicron have differed from previous variants as patients have been reporting symptoms more commonly associated with the common cold.

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People who have tested positive for Omicron have also reported suffering with a skin rash on the ZOE Symptom Covid Study app.

The US-based Centre for Disease Control (CDC), or CDC, said people suffering with diarrhoea may also have contracted the highly mutated strain.

NBC Chicago notes people with compromised immune systems are the most likely to experience diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal symptoms.

These might be people recovering from Covid-19, although John Hopkins Medicine notes around 20% are likely to experience diarrhoea as a symptom shortly after catching the virus.

This is, of course, not the only symptom with others such as fatigue, breathing trouble, muscle and body aches, a headache or sore throat all also common symptoms.

Diarrhoea is also not necessarily a symptom of Covid as many medical conditions feature it as a symptom.

What are the symptoms of Omicron?

The CDC said that people with Covid can have “a wide range of symptoms”.

At the time of writing, the CDC lists the following symptoms as those associated with Omicron:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

The NHS currently advises that anyone with even mild symptoms of Omicron should: “Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if you have COVID-19 as soon as possible.

“Stay at home and do not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. Check if people you live with need to self-isolate.”

You can leave isolation for medical attention or avoid harm in cases like domestic abuse.

People will be able to leave isolation after seven days if they return negative lateral flow tests on days six and seven after beginning to isolate.

Though, if you continue to test positive you must isolate for the full 10 day period.

People without symptoms no longer need to get a PCR and can use lateral flow tests after the regulations were eased from today .

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