Omicron: Symptoms, First Warning Signs To Look Out For

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OMICRON is the newest COVID-19 “variant of concern” to be detected. As cases rise across the world, find out what symptoms you should look out for.

Over 5,000 verified cases of the variant have been reported in the Nigeria and around the world since it was first discovered in South Africa and many of the symptoms of Omicron may not be the same as standard coronavirus symptoms.

The Omicron variant was, first announced in Nigeria, on Dec. 1.

NCDC’s Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, said in a statement that the number of people infected by the variant had a history of travel to South Africa.

Adetifa stated that the Delta variant remained the dominant variant and Nigeria has not witnessed a widespread of the Omicron variant as reported in some other countries.

He added that the Omicron variant was a source of global concern because of its increased risk of transmissibility and its potential to escape protective immune responses.

“Taken together, and if true, the Omicron variant can significantly change the current global COVID-19 epidemiology.

“There is currently no evidence of generalised or community transmission of this variant in Nigeria.

“In line with International Health Regulations (2005) reporting framework, Nigeria has been notified by the UK of seven cases of travellers from Nigeria with the Omicron variant.

“Given the reports of increasing numbers of Omicron cases in the UK, the NCDC is also prioritising the sequencing of COVID-19 positive samples in those with a history of travel to the UK.

“Viruses naturally mutate over time, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID- 19. Since SARS-CoV-2 was first identified, several mutations have occurred with the emergence of new lineages.

“This will continue to happen as long as the world does not act in concert to significantly reduce transmission through vaccination and adherence to safety protocols,’’ he said.

However, according to a recent analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a cough is the “first” indication of the variant, which is seen in “89 per cent” of cases analyzed.

The Omicron type causes a dry cough and “scratchy throat,” rather than a chesty cough, according to scientists.

Fatigue, congestion, and a runny nose are among the other early symptoms indicated.

Some of them aren’t quite the same as the classic coronavirus symptoms.

Coronavirus symptoms include “headache, loss of smell and taste, nasal congestion and rhinorrhea, cough, muscular discomfort, sore throat, fever, diarrhoea, and breathing difficulties,” according to the NHS.

While Omicron symptoms tend to be milder than earlier viral versions, it appears to be more transmissible.

It’s also possible that it’ll be able to avoid immunizations.

What should you do if you think you have Omicron?

People are advised to get a COVID-19 test and self-isolate at home for 10 days if the test is positive, as with any suspected coronavirus case.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should stay at home and isolate yourself as soon as possible.

A PCR test should be scheduled as soon as feasible and you must continue to self-isolate if the PCR test is positive.

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