The virus has spread wildly across the world in a short time. Omicron was first observed in South Africa in November 2021. WHO identified it as a “variant of concern”. Since then, they have conducted studies to learn more about the omicron variant.
Facts about Omicron Variant
The symptoms appear to be mild. Although it might not pose immediate concerns, WHO advises the public to still take precautions. It still threatens to overwhelm the healthcare system. Studies show that although it seems mild, the transmissibility is extraordinarily high.
It resembles the common flu. Headaches, runny nose, sore throat, and constant sneezing does sound like flu. Doctors recommended to have yourself tested when experiencing these symptoms. Omicron infected patients show mild fever, fatigue, scratchy throat, body pain, and night sweats. The sense of smell and taste are not affected.
Fully vaccinated people can still contract the virus and develop symptoms. Observations reveal that vaccinated patients developed mild to moderate symptoms and have fully recovered. Previously infected patients can also catch the virus.
Vomiting and loss of appetite are the symptoms that are unique to the variant.
Prevention is better than cure
WHO recommends getting tested right away and also isolate. Early detection of the virus can stop the spread of the omicron variant. Precautions, like getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, social distancing, and frequently washing hands, is still strongly recommended.