Expert warns about this acute symptom of new Covid variant Pirola

New variants of the Covid-19 virus have emerged and scientists are busy finding out the symptoms of the new variants. There have been 34 confirmed cases of the Covid variant BA.2.86, called Pirola, in England, according to the UK Health Protection Agency. It is a spin-off of Omicron that carries 30 more mutations in the spike protein than the previous major version, Kraken.

Due to its small number of cases, it is difficult to establish the specific symptoms of the respective variants. However, a professor has shared a hint that the Pirola variant of Covid may be more intense.

Speaking to, Dr Chris Papadopoulos, principal lecturer in public health at the University of Bedfordshire, said: “It is difficult to differentiate headaches caused by a particular Pirola type from headaches caused by other strains or common diseases. Its difficult.

There is a possibility that the headache, or any other symptoms, may be particularly intense because of the high number of mutations in the spike protein.

“However, it is too early for definite conclusions; “More data and analysis is still needed.”

Headache was initially a lesser-known symptom of COVID-19 infection, however with the emergence of new variants, this sign has become common.

There are other signs that may tell you that your headache is related to a virus like COVID:

  • being moderately to severely painful
  • pulsating, pressure or ‘stabbing’ feeling
  • It occurs on both sides of the head rather than in one area
  • lasts more than three days
  • Become resistant to regular painkillers
  • In addition to headaches, COVID-19 may also raise other red flags, Dr. Papadopoulos shared.

“The Pirola variant, like other COVID-19 strains, presents typical symptoms like sore throat, runny or blocked nose, cough (with or without phlegm),” he said.

The professor also recommends getting tested if you start experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.