Coronavirus reinfection: A doctor reveals THREE BA.5 Omicron symptoms she experienced, says ‘don’t have long COVID’

The BA.5 sub-variant of Omicron has led to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in several countries, including India. It has also been declared a dominant variety in the US by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Furthermore, experts have noted that the new subvariant has the ability to reinfect people within weeks of having COVID-19.

Recently, a UK doctor took to Twitter to share her report on COVID-19 re-infection and experiencing troubling symptoms from Omicron BA.5.

“Someone posted today that #COVID19 has a cold and we should all catch it and take paracetamol. So I thought I’d tell you all about my experience with the new Ba.5 variant. Suffice it to say I’m not I had a cold. I have to start by saying I don’t have #LongCovid,” writes Dr. Claire Taylor, former neuroscientist with a special interest in long COVID on Twitter.

The doctor clarifies that the symptoms she was experiencing were nothing like a cold, rather describing it as painful.

In addition, she emphasizes that she and her family had all had COVID 12 weeks ago.

“I knew reinfection could happen quickly, but even I was surprised to get it back so quickly,” she says.

Three symptoms revealed

“Day 1 my 9 year old son complained of a painful stiff neck. I took his temperature and it was 38.8. The first thought was meningitis…”, the doctor writes.

She says that she herself experienced pain everywhere, as if she was ‘hit by a bus’.

“The bus feeling sensation lasted for a few days and then my neck also became sore and stiff. Weak positive lat flow day 5. I couldn’t really move my neck at all. The temperature was rising and I was generally miserable. NO cold symptoms,” she shares.

Around day 10, she reveals that she got numbness and tingling in her left arm. “I still couldn’t move my neck. I went to sleep and woke up with distorted vision in my left eye. I couldn’t read anything because bits of text were missing,” the doctor adds to the list of symptoms.

About COVID recovery and how quickly the symptoms disappear

Describing her first symptoms as “essentially viral meningitis,” she called her GP, who she said was “sympathetic” and “baffled” about the whole thing.

“He emailed a neurologist to see if I needed an MRI of my brain and spine. Still haven’t heard anything and that was a week ago. He gave me something for nerve pain.”

Having trouble with her vision, she visited an optician who told her that her eyes were fine.

Four days later, day 14, the numbness and tingling she experienced disappeared, she writes.

“I was able to move my neck, but it still hurt on the left side of my arm. Fortunately, it went in the right direction instead of losing strength in the arm,” she adds.

What Causes Long-Term COVID? British doctor shares a theory

Earlier in June 2022, Dr. Taylor had also introduced the ‘trifecta’ theory behind the occurrence of long-term COVID.

According to her, viral persistence, microclots and runawar immune system are the top three main causes of long-term COVID.

While scientists have not drawn any conclusions on this, the UK-based doctor claims that viral persistence, i.e. a virus that is not cleared by the body, continues to damage the body long after acute COVID.

As mysterious as the condition is, its prevalence is something that cannot be ignored.

According to a recently published global survey, in India alone, nearly four crore people have reported long-term COVID symptoms since 2020. The number is over 14 crore worldwide.

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