Re-infection with coronavirus: Doctor reveals three BA.5 symptoms from Omicron she experienced, says ‘You haven’t had COVID for long’

The BA.5 variant of Omicron has led to an increase in coronavirus cases in many countries, including India. It has also been declared as a dominant variant in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Furthermore, experts note that the new alternative has the potential to re-infect people within weeks of contracting COVID-19.

Recently, a British doctor took to Twitter to share her account of the resurgence of COVID-19 infection and experiencing disturbing symptoms of Omicron BA.5.

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

The doctor explains that the symptoms she was experiencing were not like a cold but rather that they were excruciating.
Furthermore, she highlighted that she and her family all contracted COVID 12 weeks ago.

“I knew infection could happen soon, but I was surprised to get back to it again so quickly,” she says.


Three symptoms of light appeared

The doctor wrote: “On the first day, my 9-year-old son complained of a painful stiff neck. I took his temperature and it was 38.8. At first I thought it was meningitis…”.

She tells that she herself suffered from pain all over, as if “she hit a bus.”

“The shock feeling from the bus lasted for a few days, then my neck became sore and stiff. Day 5 of the faint positive flow. I couldn’t actually move my neck at all. The temperature rose and I generally felt miserable. No cold symptoms whatsoever.”

On about day 10, she revealed that she had 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 parts of the text were missing,” the doctor adds to the list of symptoms.

When to recover from Covid disease and how quickly symptoms resolve
Describing the onset of symptoms as “viral meningitis,” she called her GP, who she said was “sympathetic” and “confused” about the whole thing.

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

Because she had vision problems, she visited an ophthalmologist who told her her eyes were fine.

After four days, day 14, the numbness and tingling I felt had subsided, she wrote.

“I could move my neck but it was still sore on the left side of my arm,” she adds. “Fortunately, things moved in the right direction instead of losing strength in my arm.”


What causes long-term Covid disease? UK doctor shares theory

Earlier in June 2022, Dr. Taylor also presented the ‘trifecta’ theory behind the prolonged occurrence of COVID.

According to her, viral persistence, microcoagulants and immune system are the three main reasons behind prolonged COVID.

Although scientists have not reached any conclusions about this, the UK-based doctor claims that the virus persists, that is, a virus that is not cleared by the body, continues to damage the body long after acute COVID.

No matter how obscure the case may be, its prevalence is something that cannot be ignored.

According to a recently published global study, in India alone, nearly Rs four crore have reported prolonged COVID symptoms since 2020. The figure is more than Rs 14 crore worldwide.

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