The Omicron variant has been proven to be a contagious and dangerous mutation of COVID, but as our understanding of Covid increases, so can our prevention methods. If you feel exposed, have symptoms, or want an overview of the virus, learning about the variant can help us be more informed about our actions.
What Are The Symptoms of Omicron?
Omicron has many of the same symptoms as the prior variants. Some won’t experience any symptoms, emphasizing our need to be cautious. Typically, symptoms are rapid in the beginning stages and develop about three days after exposure. The most common symptoms experienced by individuals are:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
There can be additional symptoms, such as loss of taste or smell, fever, body aches, headaches, or digestive issues; however, they seem less common with Omicron. It can be difficult to distinguish between a cold, flu, allergies, or COVID, so if you have symptoms, err on the side of caution and get tested.
How Long Will It Last?
While data is still being collected on Omicron, those experiencing mild symptoms recover within two weeks. It can last months and have negative long-term effects for those with severe cases, such as extended loss of taste or damage to vital organs. Re-infection of Omicron is more prevalent than with prior variants. For those who are immunocompromised, Omicron can be especially dangerous.
If you are experiencing symptoms, the best thing you can do is get tested as soon as possible. Make sure you quarantine yourself from others and avoid travel until you obtain results. There are two types of tests that are currently being used to detect the Omicron variant:
Also referred to as NAAT’s, these are commonly seen as RT-PCR tests. However, there are other methods used. It is a type of test that collects a sample and analyzes it for RNA containing the same sequences as COVID-19.
- Antigen Tests
Antigen tests work by taking a sample and looking for a viral identifier. These are less expensive and have a quick turnaround time for results. However, they are less accurate than NAAT’s.
Testing is typically available at urgent care centers, pharmacies, or medical offices. Many pharmacies or retailers have over-the-counter kits available for you to do at home. Regardless of your vaccination status, you should get tested if you have been exposed to someone with the virus or have symptoms.
Use preventative measures when possible. It is recommended to social distance, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and try to be in open spaces. Should you need to be tested and cannot leave your home, testing can also be completed by a professional who comes to you. Drip Hydration offers in-home services for COVID-19 tests with various options, including rapid antigen, standard PCR, rapid PCR, and antibody testing. Contact us today to get started on booking your COVID-19 test.
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