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Omicron Symptoms: How Do You Know If You Have Omicron

The Omicron strain came at a time the world was getting a glimpse of normalcy. The novel COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.529, was reported to the World Health Organization on November 24, 2021. (WHO). This new strain was discovered in specimens taken in Botswana on November 11, 2021, and in South Africa on November 14, 2021. On November 26, 2021, the B.1.1.529 Omicron was named and classified as a Variant of Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).

There is still a lot of studies going on to help the world better understand the strain. This article explores what health authorities know so far concerning the Omicron symptoms.

Omicron Symptoms: How Do You Know If You Have Omicron

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Those infected with the Omicron strain may experience symptoms similar to those who have been infected with prior strains. COVID-19 immunization status, the existence of other health issues, age, and prior infection can all influence the presentation and severity of symptoms.

Generally speaking, infection with Omicron causes less severe illness than infection with previous variants. According to preliminary research, Omicron may produce relatively moderate sickness, while some people may still get severe disease, require hospitalization, and die due to the infection.

Analyzed data from a group of contributors showed that the top 5 symptoms since Omicron came on the scene

  1. Runny nose
  2. Headache
  3. Exhaustion/fatigue
  4. Sneezing
  5. Sore throat

The symptom profile of Delta and Omicron is not so different as only half of the participants report the usual three signs of fever, cough, or loss of smell or taste. Loss of sense of taste or smell is becoming a less common symptom. It used to be one of the top-10 symptoms of COVID, but it is now only found in 20% of infected persons.

Other Omicron symptoms include:

  • Body aches and pains
  • Persistent cough
  • Night sweats
  • Fever
  • Chills or shivers
  • Dizziness
  • Eye soreness
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

How Long Do Omicron Symptoms Last?

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Like other coronavirus variants, Omicron symptoms typically clear out within a few days. Although just a tiny fraction of patients with Omicron infection require hospitalization, the sheer number of cases could overwhelm the healthcare system, which is why it is critical to take precautions.

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