The Omicron variant is a variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) from South Africa on 24 November 2021. On 26 November 2021, the WHO designated it as a variant of concern and named it after omicron, the fifteenth letter in the Greek alphabet.
Signs and Symptoms
No unusual symptoms have yet been associated with the variant as of 26 November 2021, and, as with other variants, some individuals are asymptomatic. Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association, said she had first encountered the variant in patients who had fatigue, aches and pains, but no cough or change in sense of smell or taste.
· FATIGUE - Similar to earlier variants, COVID’s Omicron may lead to fatigue or extreme exhaustion. A person may feel overtired, experience low energy and may have a strong desire to rest, which can disrupt everyday activities. However, it is important to note that fatigue may arise out of other reasons and health problems too. Make sure to get yourself tested to confirm your condition.
· ‘SCRATCHY’ throat - As per the South African doctor, Angelique Coetzee, individuals infected with the Omicron complained of "scratchy" throat rather than sore throat, which is unusual. While the two may be similar to an extent, the former may correlate more with irritation of the throat while the latter is more painful.
· NIGHT SWEATS AND BODY ACHE - Night sweats occur when you sweat so profusely that your clothes and bedding become wet even if you're laying down in a cool area. This could be accompanied by other symptoms including "lots of body pain."
· DRY COUGH- Apart from that the doctor suggested that dry cough may also surface in people suffering with Omicron. It was one of the most common symptoms in previous strains as well. Dry cough is when you force out a hacking sound to clear any irritation in the throat of airways.
· OTHER SYMPTOMS of Omicron variant be - Fever, Difficulty in Breathing or Shortness of Breath, Loss of Speech or Mobility, or confusion or chest pain.
Newer evidence documented suggests that the new Omicron variant only triggers mild symptoms.
As opposed to symptoms from the previous variants, the Omicron variant is believed to show no signs of loss of smell and/or taste and there have been no cases of a stuffy, clogged nose, and those affected by the new strain have not complained of very high temperature.
Note: If anyone has any of these symptoms then he/she should urgently take the COVID test.shokesh.com