We continue to learn about the omicron variant of coronavirus and the associated symptoms of COVID-19. Because of this, there are several questions about what symptoms you will not see in the variant.
Dr. John Vanchiere, deputy director of the Louisiana State University Health Shreveport Center for Emerging Virus Threats, told NPR that omicron transformation cases appear to be milder compared to previous COVID-19 variants and strains.
- Overall, the symptoms of the omicron variant appear to be similar to those of other upper respiratory tract infections.
- That is, similar to the common cold.
Vanchiere said there are no traditional symptoms of COVID-19.
- “It’s mostly nasal discharge, sore throat and nasal congestion,” Vanchiere said. “The cough is milder (than previous versions) if there is a cough at all, and the fever seems a little less common.”
Experts have been consistent with their reports that the variant of omicron is similar to the flu.
- According to Reuters, this is likely to happen because the omicron variant has probably acquired a mutation from a fragment of genetic material found in the flu.
- The emergence of “flurona” cases has also been worrying, as I wrote to Deseret News. Flurona is a mixture of the flu and coronavirus, a combination originally seen in the early days of a pandemic.
Tri. Lisa Barrett, an infectious disease specialist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, told Yahoo! News that taking a COVID-19 test can help you determine if you have the flu or a COVID-19 infection.