The Omicron Virus Symptoms

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The COVID Test London Study has been collecting daily health reports from millions of people for nearly two years, allowing us to track the epidemic as it evolves.

The 470 million reports provided through the study’s, have revealed that as the virus has evolved, so have the symptoms it causes.

In the year 2020, it became evident that the coronavirus, both the original and Alpha forms, caused three common symptoms – cough, fever, and loss of smell – and at least 20 more. Among them were shortness of breath, fatigue, headaches, muscle pains, and gastrointestinal issues, as were more odd symptoms like skin rashes and ‘COVID tongue.’

We saw a difference in the most reported symptoms after Delta arrived.

Delta Omicron Virus Symptoms

Fever, shortness of breath, and smell loss, once typical symptoms, now rank lower. Now cold symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, and persistent sneezing, as well as a headache and cough, became more common, particularly among individuals who had been vaccinated.

Omicron appears to be following in Delta’s footsteps. Omicron creates symptoms that are more similar to a common cold, especially in people who have been vaccinated and fewer general systemic symptoms, including nausea, skin rashes, muscle pains and diarrhoea.

We compared data from October, when Delta was the prevalent variant, with health reports from persons who reported having COVID in December when Omicron swept across the UK.

We double-checked our findings from this comparison by looking at data from a limited set of donors.

The average symptom profile of Delta and Omicron did not differ significantly, with a runny nose, headache, weariness, sneezing, and sore throat being the top five symptoms in both periods. There are some notable differences in the general prevalence of the symptoms.

Importantly, we discovered that only half of COVID patients experienced any of the three diagnostic signs of fever, cough, or loss of smell.

Is Omicron Really So Bad?

This new version is far more infectious than prior versions, resulting in increased cases in the UK and elsewhere. And while it’s unclear whether the disease will cause an epidemic of hospitalizations. It is important to remember that Omicron and Delta may feel like a common cold to many of us. But, especially for individuals who haven’t been vaccinated or immunocompromised, it can still kill or create long-term illnesses that affect everyday living.

Although the recent increase in positive cases among over-75s is concerning, we remain optimistic that high vaccination rates among older and more vulnerable groups will continue to result in milder symptoms and fewer hospitalizations. The main issue with Omicron is the surge of sick leave it’s producing among essential medical personnel.

Is It a Cold or Omicron?

The newly COVID variants generate symptoms that are highly similar to those of a common cold, according to data from the COVID Test London. It implies that you won’t be able to tell what you have based on your symptoms alone.

When COVID is prevalent, a new sore throat, runny nose, or unusual lethargy should be handled as COVID until you’ve been diagnosed.

Get Tested and Stay at Home.

At last, whether you have COVID or not, it’s best to stay at home if you have odd or cold-like symptoms, avoid contacts, and wear a mask if you must go out to prevent spreading your germs to others who are more vulnerable.

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