Signs of Omicron Covid
Omicron Covid is the name of the Omicron variant in the covid family. With a new Covid variant comes a lot of new questions, with some of the most common being important ones, such as what are the symptoms of the Omicron variant? How long is Omicron Contagious? What are the signs of Omicron Covid?
The Omicron Covid is a very contagious, but milder form of covid. On November 26th, 2021, the discovery of a new SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.529 came reportedly to the World Health Organization (WHO). The new variant was detected in samples collected on November 11th, 2021 in Botswana and additionally on November 14th,2021 in South Africa.
On November 26th, 2021, WHO officially named B.1.1.529 Omicron and regarded it as a variant of concern (VOC), quickly followed by the United States. On December 1st, 2021, the U.S. identified and confirmed their first case of Omicron. The classification as a Variant of Concern was made due to advice from the Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution, mainly based on information from South Africa.
On December 13th, 2021, WHO reported hundreds of cases in South Africa. The most affected area was Johannesburg. By January 1st, 2022, Omicron Covid spread to nearly 16 different countries in Africa and Asia. The U.S. saw the first case of secondary infection on December 27th, 2021 with a person who had traveled to South Africa for work and returned back to the United States shortly after becoming infected.
By January 7th, 2022 there were tens of thousands of people diagnosed with Omicron Covid and over 10 thousand deaths related to the virus outbreak worldwide.
What are the Symptoms of the Omicron Variant?
One interesting and bizarre sign of Omicron Covid is small raised red bumps that cover the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. These bumps are itchy, which is a major cause of discomfort among those who have Omicron Covid, also known as OC now. There are many other common signs of Omicron, such as:
- Runny Nose
- Sore Throat
- Body aches
- Coughing up Blood
- Shortness of Breath
- Nasal Congestion
The symptoms of Omicron COVID-19 last typically about a week, and they are often mistaken as the flu or a cold. The signs of Omicron vary among every patient. Some people may not experience any signs at all, while others may have incredibly intense or even deadly symptoms.
Omicron in children is also majorly prevalent. Omicron in children increased 64% over the past few weeks. Many children required hospitalization. However, upon closer examination of the data, experts agree that many of these children are not in the hospital due to Covid, but in fact are treated for broken bones, appendicitis, and other ailments. However, they do end up testing positive after routine Covid-19 checks, which may lead to incorrect data on how many children are admitted to hospitals solely due to Covid infections. Many children hospitalized from Covid reportedly experience croup-like symptoms, dehydration, and bronchiolitis.
It is incredibly important to keep a close watch on children. If they start presenting any kind of symptom, whether it be cold-like symptoms, flu-like symptoms, or Covid symptoms, parents should avoid taking them into daycare or school and get them tested as soon as possible. It is impervious for both children and adults to continue following safety protocols, including wearing masks as often as possible, social distancing, and avoiding any unnecessary crowds or get-togethers with larger groups of people. Testing whenever possible, even without any close Covid cases, may prevent asymptomatic children from spreading the infection to adults and children alike.
However, despite the new Omicron variant being extremely contagious, luckily most children recover quickly. Children are very resilient, with younger ones usually fairing better at fighting the infection.
How Long is Omicron Contagious?
With the new variant, one of the most important questions seems to be how long is Omicron contagious for? Omicron Covid has an incredibly long contagious period. There are even some cases of people becoming infected with Omicron Covid by sharing the same air as someone with the infection. Oftentimes, the question about how long is omicron contagious becomes difficult to answer because it depends on many different factors, most notably how well one takes care of their symptoms. It can be anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Omicron Covid can be contagious for up to seven days after becoming infected. This means that the infected person will not become contagious until at least one week after they are first infected with Omicron.
Omicron infections may last from four to six weeks, depending on how Omicron is transmitted. Individuals who contract Omicron from direct contact with an Omicron-infected individual will experience a shorter time of infection than those Omicron-infected individuals who contract Omicron through other vectors, such as phone lines or airborne particles.
Evidence also suggests that there may be an increased risk of re-infection, meaning individuals previously infected with a Covid-19 variant may contract the new Omicron variant as well. Omicron is possibly more contagious for people with previous infections than any other variant to date.
Difference Between Variants: Omicron Vs Delta Symptoms
Omicron Covid is very similar to Omicron Delta. The main difference between Omicron Covid and Omicron Delta is the severity of symptoms, length of time it takes to recover, and mortality rate. Omicron Covid has more severe symptoms than Omicron Delta but not as severe as Omicron. Omicron also lasts longer than Delta, which usually results in someone recovering in around 2 weeks, while someone affected with Omicron will experience symptoms for over a month before fully recovering.
Other distinguishing Omicron Vs Delta symptoms are the lack of fever circles around infection sites on humans with Omicron. Fever circles tend to be one of the more common signs of “full-blown” Covids which leads most doctors to prescribe antibiotics or creams when exposed to this virus. The fever circles are very similar to those seen in common flu cases. Other than that, Omicron does not seem to cause other systemic problems outside the throat and lungs.
This is mainly due to the fact that Omicron never leaves the body. Full-blown Covids tend to take approximately 48 hours for the onset of fever circles around infection sites, whereas Omicron has a rather immediate effect on human hosts – only taking about 24 hours after infection before showing signs of an immune system reaction – which results in coughing up excess mucus and phlegm produced by white blood cells (immune system) as well as shortness of breath (due to inflammation of respiratory tissues).
Coughing excess mucus is one of the best ways doctors can distinguish between Omicron and flu cases. What sets Omicron apart from other covid variants is that mucus production is constant for about three days – but never produces the same level of phlegm as full-blown Covids do.
The most common home remedies applied are antihistamines, nasal spray decongestants, saline nasal sprays, or cough syrup designed to suppress excess phlegm production without causing drowsiness or loss of consciousness. When this happens with full-blown Covids, mercury derivatives are often prescribed to prevent further tissue damage caused by internal bleeding during sleep periods (when coughing ceases).
Difference Between Other Illnesses: Omicron Vs Cold, Omicron vs Allergies
Omicron vs Cold Symptoms are unfortunately quite similar. Oftentimes, Omicron alone can be mistaken for some sort of flu or cold, especially since it is transmitted through airborne particles containing the Omicron virus. People will complain of a sore throat once they become infected with Omicron Covid, similarly to having a cold. It is also common for some people to mistake Omicron symptoms as allergy symptoms due to the overproduction of mucus and phlegm. It is also not uncommon for individuals with Omicron who do not have access to doctors or medications on a daily basis to combine Omicron symptoms with allergy symptoms because someone might be allergic to dust mites – which are found in large quantities in most homes – and air-borne pollens. Oftentimes Omicron symptoms are mistaken for a common cold or flu because individuals with Omicron tend to lose their voice after only one day of infection due to laryngitis (inflammation of the larynx).
Omicron symptoms are combined with allergy and cold symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, coughing up excess phlegm, and mucus. Individuals with Omicron might complain about fatigue which is mainly caused by lack of sleep since most humans who contract Omicron and other Covids experience very little rest due to eye strain, headaches, and coughing.
Omicron symptoms are also mistaken for allergy symptoms because Omicron is transmitted through air particles. Omicron infections will flare up around the eyes due to allergen exposure or irritation, which can lead sufferers to complain of red, itchy, watery eyes. The overproduction of mucus and phlegm might require individuals with Omicron to carry nasal sprays or antihistamines with them at all times in order to suppress the excess production of these fluids that result from Omicron infection.
Coughing up excess phlegm, mucus, and even blood during Omicron infections is one of the best ways to differentiate Omicron from cold symptoms. Episodes of excessive phlegm production usually last from two weeks up to five days – depending on how healthy an individual’s immune system is at fighting off Omicron Covid.