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2 new omicron variant symptoms you haven’t heard about yet

More reports of omicron variant symptoms emerged from the United Kingdom, where the variant has continued to spread

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An illustration of the omicron variant.

More reports of omicron variant symptoms emerged from the United Kingdom, where the variant has continued to spread

Illustration by Zoe Peterson, Deseret News

Health experts continue to share a number of new omicron variant symptoms they have seen so far as the variant continues to spread throughout the world.

Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, recently told The Daily Express in the U.K. that those who are fully vaccinated have experienced some symptoms, too.

  • “Quite a few of them had nausea, slight temperature, sore throats and headaches,” he said.

However, there are two new symptoms that have emerged.

Vomiting is a newer symptom that hasn’t been common with COVID-19 infections. Loss of appetite makes sense, too, if one of the main new symptoms is vomiting.

Many of the common omicron variant symptoms resemble other COVID-19 symptoms. In fact, the most common omicron variant symptoms so far include muscle aches, fatigue, scratchy throat and night sweats, which are not overly severe, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • The ZOE COVID Study, which is run by Spector and has analyzed thousands of COVID-19 cases, found that runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing and sore throats were common COVID-19 symptoms at the time when omicron began to emerge.

That said, early reports from South Africa — where the omicron variant was first discovered and announced, though it’s unclear if that’s where it originated — found that omicron variant leads to milder symptoms among fully vaccinated people compared to previous COVID-19 variants.