Omicron XE COVID-19 variant: Signs and symptoms
- Omicron XE's first variant was detected in India on Wednesday
- Symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath and body ache
- XE is said to be highly contagious
As rumours of the first case emerged in India on Wednesday, Omicron’s sub-variant XE began to loom over the heads of a population that is still picking up the pieces from Omicron’s fury and finally attempting to go back to the pre-pandemic life it left behind.
However, soon PTI citing officials reported that there was no scientific evidence to declare the case as Omicron XE.
With the virus being fully active in parts of Britain, Thailand and New Zealand, here are a few signs and symptoms to watch out for.
1. Sore throat
4. Itchy throat
5. Gastrointestinal distress
6. Skin irritation and discoloration
Severe symptoms include nerve disorders, heart palpitations and cardiovascular disorders.
Initially, researchers predicted that the new sub-variant does not come with new symptoms. However, a list provided by the National Health Service (NHS) on Monday consisted of nine new symptoms of the virus.
It is essential to look out for signs including fatigue, shortness of breath, body ache, headache, runny or blocked nose, diarrhoea, nausea and loss of appetite.
"The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu," NHS added.
XE, a recombinant, is a mutation of the Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 strains.
“XE belongs to the Omicron variant until significant differences in transmission and disease characteristics, including severity, may be reported," a WHO report said.
The new variant is said to be extremely contagious and surpasses the transmissibility of variants like BA.1 and BA. 2.
It first originated in the United Kingdom on January 19, 2022. Since its patient zero, about 600 cases have been reported and confirmed in Britain.
It is unclear if existing vaccines could be effective against XE.
With limited information currently available, it is vital to stick to the holy trinity of the coronavirus- masking, sanitizing and social distancing.