Covid Scotland: Health experts warn how bathroom habit could be sign of Omicron

By Abbie Meehan & Ryan Paton & Harry Thompson

Health experts have identified that those suffering with diarrhoea could be infected with the Omicron strain of the coronavirus.

As reported by the Liverpool Echo, the variant surging through the UK has caused a sharp rise in cases in Scotland and beyond.

The symptoms of this particular strain have been different from the other variants like Delta, and Omicron cases have been similar to that of a normal cold or flu.

More unique symptoms of the Omicron strain include a skin rash, as reported on the ZOE Symptom Covid Study app.

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

News station NBC Chicago has said that those with compromised immune systems are most likely to experience the diarrhoea symptoms, as well as other gastrointestinal issues.

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John Hopkins Medicine has claimed that around 20 per cent of those who have the virus are expected to experience diarrhoea as a symptom.

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 main symptoms of the Omicron variant?

The NHS has noted that the symptoms below have been connected with coronavirus:

  • 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

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The NHS also advises that anyone with even the mildest of symptoms 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.


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