Omicron, the variant of the coronavirus detected less than a month ago, is causing concern among health sector authorities due to signs of a greater ease in spreading. But, What are the symptoms of omicron? Are they different from other variants of COVID-19?
Researchers around the world are currently studying the characteristics of omicron, which is notified the World Health Organization (WHO) just last November 24. The ease of transmission and severity of omicron disease are still being discussed, especially compared to the delta variant.
Ómicron: What is known about the COVID variant?
The director general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, assured yesterday that the information that is being analyzed on omicron indicates that this variant circulate faster that the above and that “it is likely that those vaccinated and those who have been cured of covid become infected or reinfected.”
The variant is present in at least 78 countries from all continents, including Mexico, according GISAID data (Global Initiative to Share All Information About Influenza).
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Monday that omicron is already the predominant variant in that country, where between December 12 and 18 it represented 73.2% of new cases.
Symptoms of omicron: What is known
At latest WHO report on the situation of the omicron variant, dated November 28, points out that: “At the moment, there is no data that indicates that the symptoms associated with this variant are different from those caused by other variants.”
The doctor Angelique Coetzee, who first alerted South Africa to the new variant of the coronavirus, told the BBC in an interview on November 28 that the symptoms you had observed in patients infected with omicron they were very mild.
He pointed out that one of the patients, in his 30s, said he had been feeling tired and feeling sick for days. body pain: “I had a bit of headache, he didn’t really have a sore throat, he described it rather as an itch, no cough or loss of taste or smell. “
An investigation into omicron symptoms, published on December 16, made it known Zoe COVID Study (Zoe Company COVID Symptom Study), a UK-based initiative supported by King’s College London.
The most common symptoms of omicron:
- 1 Runny nose
- 2 Headache
- 3 Fatigue (mild or severe)
- 4 Sneezing (more than usual in people vaccinated against COVID)
- 5 Sore throat
Zoe COVID Study based her patient analysis on London, where there has been a higher prevalence of omicron compared to other regions of the United Kingdom. Symptoms from October 3 to 10, 2021, (when the delta variant was predominant) were compared against the week of December 3 to 10. These symptoms do not vary essentially from those reported in the prevalence of delta.
Ómicron: Cases and symptoms in Mexico
In Mexico, 23 cases of the omicron variant have been confirmed, all with mild symptoms, The Undersecretary of Health Hugo López-Gatell reported today.
The cases are located in Mexico City (16), the State of Mexico (6) and Tamaulipas (1).
Although López-Gatell did not specify the symptoms, authorities of Tamaulipas did detail the case identified in that state.
The omicron contagion was identified in a 48-year-old woman in the municipality of Altamira. The patient, who is already healthy and recovered, presented mildly the following symptoms: fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, runny nose, as well as discomfort in the throat when passing food.
Symptoms of COVID-19
According to United States CDC, All variants of COVID-19 can have these symptoms, whether mild or severe, and they can appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the coronavirus.
- Fever or chills
- Muscle and body aches
- Difficulty breathing (feeling short of breath, in more severe cases)
- Throat pain
- Recent loss of smell or taste
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
With information from AFP