Omicron is everywhere right now, and literally everyone is at risk of getting the virus. As vigilant and cautious as we can be, the possibility of getting the COVID variant is likely, according to experts. Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said last week that the variant will "find just about everyone." He reminded people of the importance of getting vaccinated. "Omicron, with its extraordinary, unprecedented degree of transferability efficiency, will eventually find just about everyone," said Dr. Fauci to J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "Those who have been vaccinated ... and boosted would be exposed. Some, perhaps many of them, will be infected, but will very likely, with some exceptions, do reasonably well in the sense that they will not be hospitalized and door." Eat this, not that! Health talked to experts who explained the signs of Omicron, what to look for and what precautions to take. Read on - and do not miss these to ensure your and others' health Secure signs that you have already had COVID.
Dr. Kristina Hendija explains: "Like its parent variant, omicron still affects the airways, leading to either productive or non-productive coughs. Patients also often complain that they feel like they want to expel mucus but are unable to do so despite that they cough repeatedly. "
"The majority of patients express having a fever, although the claim is subjective to most," says Dr. Hendija. "They often mention that they experience chills and a feeling of fever that only lasts for a day or two."
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Dr. Hendija states: "An expected effect when there is an infectious process, but unlike the previous delta variant, complaints of mild fatigue and weakness are significantly less."
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Robert G. Lahita MD, Ph.D. ("Dr. Bob"), Director of the Department of Autoimmune and Rheumatic Diseases at Saint Joseph Health and author of Immunity strong say, "Sore throat, shortness of breath, cough, congestion and fever. But these are all signs of the flu and the common cold too - except for shortness of breath, which would point to COVID to a greater extent."
That CDC also says:
"People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms can occur 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID -19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. "
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There are many misconceptions that Omicron is like the flu or a seasonal cold, but it is not according to doctors. Dr. Daniel Culver, told the chair of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic USA TODAY, "Colds typically cause mild, self-limiting symptoms, whereas omicron, like other COVID variants, can result in serious or fatal illness."
Jeremy Luban, told an expert in infectious diseases at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School USA TODAY via email, while vulnerable people can occasionally die from a rhinovirus infection it is "relatively rare" and coronavirus is "far more severe and fatal" than the common cold. "While many people may have mild to moderate symptoms when infected with COVID-19," he said more than 800,000 Americans have died due to the virus And that figure is "probably an underestimation of the real mortality of COVID-19."
The symptoms of Omicron and the flu can be very similar, so how do you know if you have the variant? Dr. Bob says, "The only way to know for sure is to get a test, either fast antigen or PCR.
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Getting waxed and boosted can literally save your life and prevent you from getting a serious case of COVID, says Dr. Bob. "Omicron still infects humans even though they have been vaccinated, so it is still spreading. Omicron is a variant that has many mutations. The vaccine does not mean that you will never get sick. It's meant to keep you out of the hospital and prevent you from dying if you get the virus. "
Wash your hands
Dr. Hendija explains, "COVID can be transmitted in many ways and it is important to be proactive in protecting ourselves. Frequent hand washing, wearing face masks and following health recommendations are essential to keeping yourself safe."
Boost your immune system
According to Dr. Hendija, "COVID is an infectious process and our immune system is fighting the virus. Having a stronger immune system by having and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a safe way to protect yourself and reduce your risk of getting serious COVID. "
So follow the basic principles of public health and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live - get vaccinated or boosted ASAP; If you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, do not travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, do not go indoors with people you do not stay with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others do not visit any of these 35 places where you will most likely catch COVID.