THE Omicron variant has proved to be one of the most infectious variants with cases on the rise all over the country.
Health experts said that most people who get Omicron experience flu-like symptoms and that the illness is mild compared to other variants.
Booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic.
The main symptoms of COVID-19, according to the CDC, are a new persistent cough, a high temperature and a loss of taste and smell.
Omicron, however, presents itself differently. This is why it’s important to know which symptoms you should never ignore.
At the moment, symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing and a sore throat are some of the most recorded. Muscle aches and night sweats are also key symptoms.
If you’ve been working out, you might confuse muscle aches to be sore, which is why it’s important to get tested if you’re unsure.
Those suffering from night sweats might not even know they could be related to Omicron. Some people have night sweats due to menopause, anxiety, certain medications, or hyperhidrosis—a condition that makes you sweat a lot.
Vaccine effectiveness & Omicron
Expert studies have shown that the risk of severe illness from Covid-19 is reduced by 90 percent or more among people who are fully vaccinated.
While there are breakthrough cases of Covid among people who are vaccinated, they are rare.
In the event of a breakthrough case, victims are highly unlikely to be hospitalized with severe or deadly symptoms from the virus.
Health officials have advised that the Omicron variant is more infectious and could lead to further breakthrough cases.
Yet the spread can be offset by all vaccinated Americans receiving a booster shot.
Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant.
With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.
Studies have also shown that side effects from the vaccine are extremely rare.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Once again if you’re feeling unwell, take a COVID test. It can stop you from unknowingly spreading the virus.
The CDC website offers multiple ways to get tested from tests on the go or ones administered at home. You can even watch tutorials on how to properly take a COVID test at home.
People who are fully vaccinated should get tested as well if they have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID.
“If you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 5-7 days after your exposure, even if you don't have symptoms,” read the CDC website.
“You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.”
To stay up-to-date with CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19, be sure to check the CDC website frequently.
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