There is still a lot that is unknown about the Omicron variant of SARS-COVID-2, and it continues to spread at an unprecedented rate across the globe – including the US. There are some details that can be shared, however, including 4 common symptoms and one rare one. Different Omicron Variant Symptoms are worth noting – because they can help you differentiate between the strains.
It was Dr. Angelique Coerezee, a South African doctor, that first hit the alarm button on Omicron. While South Africa is where the variant was reported, this doesn’t mean that’s where it started.
Dr. Coerezee has recently revealed some common symptoms of this new variant and has described them as being “very, very mild” when compared with Delta variant symptoms.
These early reports from South Africa found that symptoms were even milder for those that are fully vaccinated – compared to earlier variants. This could prove to be a positive sign for the next phase of the pandemic.
The 4 most common Omicron symptoms, according to Dr. Coerezee, are…
- Muscle aches
- Scratchy throat
- Night sweats
These 4 symptoms as described by Dr. Coerezee, based on South African patients she has treated for Omicron, slightly align with other symptoms that have been reported.
For instance, the ZOE COVID Study which is ongoing in the United Kingdom has discovered 5 common symptoms among those infected when Omicron started to take hold in the country.
The reported symptoms include…
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
The standout symptom from this list appears to be scratchy throats. As told by The Hill, there have been several reports coming out of the UK saying people infected with Omicron describe a scratchy throat as a symptom.
The rarer Omicron Variant symptoms
The British news outlet The Daily Express, reported recently that patients infected with COVID have been reporting a ‘new’ symptom. When reporting their symptoms in the ZOE COVID Study app, they have been declaring “brain fog” as a symptom.
“One of the more unusual — but surprisingly common — symptoms of Omicron is so-called brain fog,” The Daily Express reports.
Brain fog has been considered a rare symptom of COVID for a while now, with reports of the symptom arising in October 2020 – which is well into the first year of the COVID pandemic. It has though not very often reported as a common symptom.
A neurologist at the University of Alabama Birmingham, Dr.Shruti Agnihotri, explained to ABC News that brain fog is very often connected to severe headaches and memory loss.
“Oftentimes these patients may have even recovered from the initial fever and shortness of breath symptoms and they continue to have very severe headaches and tend to often complain about memory loss, often referred to as a brain fog.”
Of all the symptoms, sore throats appear to be a common occurrence pre-Omicron, which of course has been replaced with ‘scratchy throats’ with the new variant.
The BBC reports now that the Omicron wave may well have peaked, stating that:
“For the week ending 25 December 2021, the number of confirmed infections stood at 89,781 – down from 127,753 the week before.”
The news outlet also reported that the total death toll during the pandemic is currently over 90,000 – more than any other African nation. If Omicron has peaked, these numbers should not significantly increase – anywhere in the world.
For a little more detail on the Omicron variant, we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions. These tackle some of the more pressing queries regarding the variant, including whether it is still treatable and how effective current vaccines are against this new strain of the virus.
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