COVID 19 omicron variant symptoms: Know How is it different from Cold?

Covid 19 omicron symptoms

Omicron cases have been rising lately in Americas and Europe,So it has been became important to know about the symptoms of omicron and how does it differ from delta & other varients of covid.

While most of the RT-PCR tests can detect the omicron variant but they cannot tell that which of the covid variant they have been infected with.

Even if it is hard to find out about the original omicron some symptoms are different from the previous data but scientists are not certain about these findings.

But there is some data released last week from South Africa’s largest private health insurer, for instance, suggest that South Africans with omicron often develop like ,

1.A scratchy or sore throat

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2.Nasal Congestion 

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3.A dry cough 

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4.Muscle pain

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5.Especially Low back pain

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All of the symptoms mentioned above are also the symptoms of delta and COVID said Ashly Z.Ritter a nurse practitioner at the University of Pennsylvania.
Given the circumstances, omicron has been only spreading about three weeks or so, she added,

“it’s still too early to say that there’s any difference in symptoms between the omicron variant and previous versions.”

“There’s probably a huge amount of overlap between omicron and the prior variants because they are essentially doing the same thing,” said Dr. Otto O. Yang, an infectious disease physician at the University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine. “If there are differences, they’re probably fairly subtle.”

Research suggests that 48% of patients with the original SARS-CoV-2 strain reported loss of smell, and 41% reported loss of taste, but an analysis of a small omicron outbreak among vaccinated people in the Netherlands found that only 23% of patients reported loss of taste, and only 12% reported loss of smell

There is some difference though that seems to be shorter incubation of time after a person is exposed, it takes as few as three days for them to develop symptoms, become contagious, and test positive, compared with four to six days with delta and the original coronavirus, said Dr. Waleed Javaid, director of infection prevention and control at Mount Sinai Downtown in New York City. This could be happening because the variant’s mutations help it to attach and to go inside of the cells, he added.

This article was inspired by an original article in the new york times.

What are the symptoms of the Omicron variant of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of omicron are scratchy or sore throat along with nasal congestion, a dry cough, and muscle pain, especially low back pain.

How do they test for the Omicron variant of COVID-19?

While most of the RT-PCR tests can detect the omicron variant but they cannot tell that which of the covid variant they have been infected with.

What is the COVID-19 variant Omicron?

Omicron is one of the latest mutations of original COVID-19 that is Omicron (B.1.1.529) is a variant of SARS-CoV-2, First patients of omicron were found in South Africa.

Why is the COVID-19 variant Omicron concerning?

COVID-19 variant Omicron is concerning because the speed at which it spreads is more than 4 times faster than delta

Is the Omicron COVID-19 variant worse than Delta?

In general, it’s too early to make a claim that omicron has better or worse symptoms than delta. Although anecdotal evidence shows that confirmed cases of COVID-19 caused by omicron have caused mild symptoms, most of those people have been younger, according to South Africa’s health department.

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