Concerns about the omicron variant of COVID-19 continue to grow, health officials warn that winter could lead to a dangerous increase in cases and hospitalizations.
“The idea of hoping and having an aspiration to be independent from the virus after a period of time is understandable and reasonable”, Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN. “But the only thing we know from almost two years of experience with this virus is that it’s really, really unpredictable.
“The only thing that is very clear, and there is no doubt, is its extraordinary capacity for propagation, its capacity for transmissibility. It’s just, you know, raging in the world, really, ”Fauci said.
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Symptoms of Omicron
Without testing, it is impossible to tell a person’s type of COVID or, depending on the symptoms, whether they have a cold or other respiratory viruses.
Traditional symptoms of COVID include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, headache, fatigue, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose and, most recognizable, a new loss of taste or smell.
The list is slightly different for omicron, According to the Zoe Covid study, a UK-based analysis of data from London residents. Omicron is spreading rapidly in London and is expected to become the dominant strain by Christmas, scientists say.
The top five current symptoms are:
1. Runny nose
3. Fatigue, ranging from mild to severe
5. Sore throat
“As our latest data shows, Omicron’s symptoms are mostly symptoms of colds, runny nose, headaches, sore throats and sneezes, so people should stay home as it might. well, this is COVID, “said Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the ZOE COVID study. application. “We’re also seeing two to three times more mild infections in people with boosters in Omicron areas than in Delta variant areas, but they are still very protective and a vital weapon.”
The first US case of omicron was identified on December 1 in California, less than a month after its discovery in Botswana on November 11 and in South Africa on November 14. Research indicates omicron may be more transmissible than the current delta variant which remains the dominant strain in the United States