A new chapter of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has emerged in some countries. Even the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants have also contributed to the number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia. This new variant of Omicron is said to have different main symptoms from the previous variants. Is it true that headaches are the main symptom of the new Omicron sub-variant?
If the previous variants of COVID-19 mentioned fever as the most common symptom experienced by sufferers, then in COVID-19 Sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5 the main symptoms are actually different. Launching from detik.com citing Best Life, dizziness or lightheadedness is an early symptom of infection with the Omicron variant that patients often ignore. Though this one symptom also can not be taken lightly.
According to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), dizziness caused by the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is described as being dizzy when experiencing vertigo or feeling dizzy like you want to pass out. The NHS said Omicron patients may also feel a loss of balance. This condition can occur during the COVID-19 infection, recovery period, or as part of long COVID symptoms.
Reasons for COVID-19 Patients Having Headaches
Experts explain that there are several possible causes for COVID-19 patients to experience headaches. For example, COVID-19 can cause inflammation of the sinuses and inner ear. This condition can certainly affect the body’s vestibular system, which is used by the brain to regulate balance. The NHS advises people who are infected with Omicron and experience symptoms of a headache or dizziness, to move slowly when changing positions from lying to sitting, then sitting to standing. Take about a minute or two before trying to get up or stand up.
In addition, in general, diseases caused by viral infections can indeed cause headaches. Reporting from Kompas.com, when the virus enters the body, the first reaction that is often faced is dizziness, or in some people experiencing headaches.
Reporting from Detik Health, Maya N. Clark-Cutia, PhD, a professor at New York University Meyers College of Nursing, headache symptoms are also closely related to the background of the COVID-19 vaccine itself. Patients who have been vaccinated and infected with Omicron, tend to complain more often of headaches, body aches, and fever. While symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough, and other flu symptoms, usually attack people who have not been vaccinated.
But the good news is, if you are a COVID-19 patient with mild to moderate symptoms and experience headaches, this complaint can be relieved with headache medicine so there is no need to worry too much.