Cases of the omicron variant of the new coronavirus are on the rise across the country. But there are still people who have not been infected yet. So what omicron variant symptoms could predict an infection?
The news: Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said recently sore throat predicts COVID-19 infection, according to NBC Chicago.
- "Especially in humans, as we see these milder breakthrough infections, we certainly see sore throat being a predictor in that group," Arwady said.
- She said anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms should assume they have COVID-19 "until proven otherwise" through testing.
- "Even if it hurts in the throat, whatever it is," she said. “I've told my own staff this, that's what I do myself ... if you're sick, even a little bit sick, stay home. More true than ever right now, because sick, even a little bit sick, until proven otherwise with a test - it's COVID. That's how we treat it, that's how you should treat it. ”
What to do: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advice on how to proceed. Anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 should "quarantine and stay away from others when you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19," the CDC said.
- "Isolate when you are sick or when you have COVID-19 even if you have no symptoms," the CDC said.
Utah Governor Spencer Cox recently asked all Utah residents to stay home if they begin to notice COVID-19 symptoms and avoid the COVID-19 test lines.