The omicron variant continues to advance across the country, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish the variant compared to the common cold and other COVID-19 infections.
dr. Robert Quigley, the senior vice president and global medical director of International SOS, a leading medical and security services company, told me that those infected with the omicron variant “tend to show symptoms much more quickly than with other variants.” .”
- “For the majority of individuals who have been vaccinated and boosted and contracted the Omicron variant, they have experienced mild symptoms consistent with an upper respiratory infection,” he said.
Quigley said the main symptoms of the omicron variant to watch out for are:
However: For the unvaccinated, Quigley said the symptoms could be more severe.
Comparable: dr. Carole Freiberger, a physician at Saint Luke’s Critical Care, told the Kansas City Star that she has seen fully vaccinated people experience mild symptoms similar to the common cold with the omicron variant.
- “You know when you really get a cold, and you feel bad, and there’s usually the upper airway type symptoms, more like what we’re seeing now,” Freiberger said.
- “Unlike when the original and the delta variant were raging, we saw a lot more high fever, cough, and body aches. Those were the top three symptoms you’d see.”
A recent series of new studies suggests that the omicron variant limits its infectivity to the upper respiratory tract of the body rather than the lower respiratory tract, according to WebMD.
- “It’s fair to say that the idea of a disease manifesting primarily in the upper respiratory tract is on the rise,” Roland Eils, a computer biologist at the Berlin Institute of Health, told The New York Times.