Expert Warns About This Intense Symptom of Covid’s New Variant, Pirola
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There are new variants of the Covid
-19 virus and scientists have been on the lookout to ascertain the symptoms of the new variants. According to the UK Health Security Agency, there have been 34 confirmed cases of the Covid variant BA.2.86, dubbed Pirola
in England. This is a spin-off of the Omicron which carries 30 more mutations in the spike protein than the previous dominant variant, Kraken.
Due to its low number of cases, it is difficult to establish specific symptoms of the concerned variant. However, a professor has shared one sign that could be more intense for the Pirola variant of Covid.
While speaking to Express.co.uk, Dr Chris Papadopoulos, Principal Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Bedfordshire said, “It's difficult to differentiate a headache specifically caused by the Pirola variant from those caused by other strains or common illnesses.
“[But] there's a possibility that headaches, or any other symptoms, could be particularly intense due to the high number of mutations in the spike protein.
“However, it's too early for definitive conclusions; more data and analyses are still required.”
Headaches were a lesser-known symptom of COVID-19 infection in the beginning, however with new variants emerging, this sign has become common.
There are other signs as well which could tell you if the headache is linked to the virus as Covid:
- Be moderately to severely painful
- Feel pulsing, pressing or ‘stabbing’
- Occur across both sides of the head rather than in one area
- Last for more than three days
- Be resistant to regular painkillers
Apart from headaches, Covid Pirola can also raise other red flags, Dr Papadopoulos shared.
He said, “The Pirola variant, like other COVID-19 strains, presents typical symptoms such as sore throats, runny or blocked noses, coughs (with or without phlegm).”
The professor also recommends that you get tested if you start experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
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