Three main symptoms to take into account to identify Omicron

Fatigue, body aches, and headaches are the top three symptoms to consider for a possible case of Omicron.

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While scientists and experts are still working to find answers to many unanswered questions about the new Omicron variant, of which there are already two reported cases in the US, some doctors said that the symptoms appear to differ from those seen with the Delta variant.

Health directors believe the Omicron variant causes a “mild illness” in most people, but there are early signs that it may cause different symptoms than previous strains.

Experts say that people are exhibiting cold-like symptoms since getting the vaccine and, according to a ZOE Covid Symptom Study, people who test positive typically report a headache, runny nose, sore throat, and sneezing

Dr. Angelique Coetzee, president of the South African Medical Association, said the main symptoms of Omicron to look out for are: fatigue, body ache, and headache.

As the emergence of the new Omicron variant begins to restrict travel to the US and raises global concerns due to its increased risk of infection, scientists and clinicians are working to collect data on how and why this variant behaves. differently from others.

Scientists are rushing to find out if the new variant, first discovered in southern Africa, spreads faster, eludes vaccines, or causes worse side effects.

Most of the new cases have occurred among people in their 20s and 30s, and doctors note that the age group generally has milder symptoms of COVID-19 in any case.

However, they warn that older people infected with the new variant could have more severe symptoms.

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