The Omicron variant continues to rise across the country, but it is more difficult to distinguish the variant from the flu and other COVID-19 infections.
Dr. Robert Quigley, senior vice president and global medical director at International SOS, a leading pharmaceutical and safety services company, told me that those infected with the omicron variant “usually show symptoms much faster than other variants.”
- “Most of the vaccinated and boosted individuals who have received the omicron variant have experienced mild symptoms similar to an upper respiratory tract infection,” he said.
Quigley said the main symptoms of the omicron variant that need attention are:
However: For non-vaccinees, Quigley said the symptoms may be more severe.
Similar: Dr. Carole Freiberger, a physician at Saint Luke’s Critical Care, told the Kansas City Star that she has seen fully vaccinated people experience small symptoms resembling the flu with an omicron variant.
- “You know when you get a really bad flu and you feel miserable, and mostly upper airway type symptoms are more than what we see now,” Freiberger said.
- “Unlike when the original and delta variants raged, we saw a lot more high fever, cough, and body aches, these were the three most important symptoms you saw.”
A recent series of new studies suggests, according to WebMD, that the omicron transformation limits adhesion to the upper airways of the body rather than the lower airways.
- “It’s fair to say that the idea of a disease that manifests primarily in the upper respiratory tract is on the rise,” computational biologist Roland Eils of the Berlin Institute of Health told The New York Times.