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Dr. Katherine Poehling, a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, told NBC News on Wednesday that the prominent symptoms of an Omicron infection are:
- Fatigue or tiredness
- Congestion and runny nose
Unlike previous variants, loss of taste and smell seems to be uncommon, she said. 2 Omicron Symptoms In Country Where It Originated
According to South Africa’s biggest private health insurer, South Africans with an Omicron infection often develop
- scratchy or sore throat
- nasal congestion
- dry cough
- muscle pain, especially low back pain
How severe do the symptoms tend to be? Read on.
Experts tentatively say that Omicron seems to be producing milder symptoms than previous variants. “It is clear that if you’re vaccinated, particularly if you’ve had a booster, Omicron tends to produce milder infections,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center,” told NBC. “What we haven’t seen yet is a substantial body of information about what Omicron will do in unvaccinated people,” he added.
3 Symptoms May Vary Based on Vaccination Status
So how do you tell if your cough or sore throat is a cold or COVID? You really can’t, experts say.
Their advice: If you’re having any symptoms that are out of the ordinary, get tested for COVID ASAP—even if you’ve been fully vaccinated or boosted—and self-isolate until you know the results.
“Even if you think it’s just allergies, it would be best for you to go ahead and get a COVID test and make sure you don’t have it before you go to work or school or church, because those symptoms can be very mild,” said S. Wesley Long, medical director of diagnostic microbiology at Houston Methodist hospital, this week.
If you test positive for COVID, the CDC advises that you isolate for 10 days after the date any symptoms started (as long as your symptoms are improving and you’ve been fever-free for at least 24 hours without using any fever-reducing medications). If you test positive but don’t have symptoms, you should isolate for 10 days from the date of your COVID test.