Two little-known Covid signs and the new symptoms on your face
A new variant of Covid has symptoms which an expert says appear on your face. The BA.2.86 coronavirus variant – otherwise known as pirola – first emerged in July after a heavy mutation from the previous variants of Omicron which were dominant.
A vaccination drive was introduced to battle the pirola strain, and so far there hasn’t been any concerning increase in cases. But, as always, if you suspect you may have contracted Covid it’s vital to get tested, the easiest method being the lateral flow test which can be bought on Amazon for under £5.
But doctors are beginning to find signs that the disease is slightly changing – so it’s important to keep up-to-date with any symptoms to look out for.
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The largest change of all is the belief that the disease is starting to affect people’s faces – while the previous most common symptoms – including a dry throat and cough, shortness of breath, and loss of the ability to taste or smell – have become less common.
“Covid Pirola can cause visible facial symptoms such as eye irritation (pink eye) and a skin rash,” Dr Johannes Uys, a GP from Broadgate General Practice, explained to the Express . Dr Uys explained that the new symptoms are likely a result of Pirola evolving as it tries to compete with other variants of the virus.
It is believed the new variant of the bug – which caused such misery globally in 2020 and the two years that followed – affects the upper respiratory tract including the nose and the voice box. Dr Erick Eiting of Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York said: “It isn’t the same typical symptoms that we were seeing before. It’s a lot of congestion, sometimes sneezing, usually a mild sore throat.”
Dr Eiting said a stuffy nose comes first, before a sore throat emerges, reports the Mirror. The Zoe Covid Symptom study collects data on symptoms in the UK – and they found the same pattern. After the Omicron variant grew in late 2021, a sore throat became more common and changes to taste and smell became less common.
The Zoe Study released a list of other symptoms they had noted with the new variant, including:
There are also three lesser known symptoms of Covid to be aware of:
Digestive issues – which were more common towards the beginning of the pandemic
Toe changes – some experienced reddish bumps on their fingers and toes, occasionally sore
Confusion – some, particularly older people, experience confusion and delirium