Since the onset of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Or 2019-nCoV, so many new variants of the coronavirus disease have emerged and thrived. While a few caused mild signs and symptoms, there were those that wreaked a lot of havoc. But each and every new strain tends to introduce individuals to a specific range of signs and symptoms or a different chronology of health complications.
At the beginning of the pandemic, fever, chest pain, loss of sense of smell and taste, and cough were some of the most common symptoms; mainly with Alpha and Delta variants. Although, with the emergence of the Omicron variant, signs and symptoms took a milder turn. Runny nose, headache, sore throat, and fatigue became more common symptoms than ever.
According to reports, the top Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) signs and symptoms seem to have changed yet again, with myalgia (muscle pain and muscle ache in layman’s terms) becoming quite common.
COVID Symptoms Have Changed Again:
With new COVID-19 strains striking continuously and the symptoms related to the infectious disease also changing as time passes, it is now difficult to specify the infection. Specialists are of the opinion that even though the signs and symptoms associated with the infectious disease are comparatively milder now, its distant future effects are still anxiety. Also, the disease can be responsible for affecting all the organs including the nervous system and heart, causing severe diseases.
High fever, loss of smell/taste, and breathlessness were regarded as the ‘classic’ symptoms when COVID-19 was initially detected. But with the emergence of Omicron and an exponential boost of vaccination coverage, the symptoms associated with the infection changed. The symptoms that were widely noted include headache, sore throat, runny nose, and fatigue.
Now, it seems, COVID-19-associated signs and symptoms have changed again, with so many now reporting sharp pain in shoulders and legs, widely addressed as Myalgia.
Myalgia also called muscle aches and pains typically occur due to the effects of inflammatory molecules released by the immune cells in response to the virus.
According to the Zoe COVID app, which has been tracking COVID-19 signs and symptoms from the start, Myalgia is regarded as the ‘TOP’ symptom for CORONAVIRUS and is now widely reported.
Dr. Angelique Coetzee, who had foremost detected the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, myalgia tends to affect unvaccinated individuals a bit more intensely. But jabbed individuals can still experience this symptom as well.
How Bad is the Pain:
Elaborating on the same, different types of the study say, CORONAVIRUS-related muscle pain typically impacts the shoulders or legs, leaving individuals in distress.
SARS-CoV-2-related muscle pains typically can range from being mild to quite debilitating, mainly when they emerge alongside fatigue,” as per the study app.
For some individuals, this muscle pain stops them from performing day-to-day activities. Myalgia that emerges because of the CORONAVIRUS is said to linger on for an average of 2-3 days but can also take a bit longer to fade away. So, in case you are experiencing such kind of pain, it is appropriate to take a COVID-19 test, promptly.
Importance of Vaccination:
As per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting a CORONAVIRUS vaccine is a safer, more reliable way to develop protection than getting sick with this infectious disease.
While breakthrough COVID infections are still prevalent, Experts believe getting jabbed at the moment is one of the safest ways to prevent severe COVID-19 infection.