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Omicron Symptoms: What are the symptoms of the Omicron virus strain?

Arfa Javaid

Omicron symptoms: The Omicron cases in India have crossed the 1500 mark, thereby triggering apprehension among people. However, the Centre has urged the people to remain calm and maintain Covid-appropriate behaviour to help contain the spread of the virus. 

As per the state-wise list of Omicron cases released by the Centre, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases in the country, followed by Delhi and Kerala. 

What are the symptoms of the Omicron Virus?

So far, no severe symptom such as loss of smell or taste, high temperature or severely blocked nose in the new strain has been noted. All Omicron variant cases have mild symptoms which are as follows: 

1- Mild fever: Mild fever is a common symptom among all Omicron cases in the country.

2- Fatigue: Omicron virus can lead a person to excessive lethargy.

3- Body aches: 58% of people suffering from the Omicron variant have complained mildly to severe body aches. 

4- Severe headache: Headaches can happen due to various reasons, but is commonly observed among those infected with the virus. 

5- Cough: Even if you are fully vaccinated, cough is the most common symptom among those infected with the Omicron variant. 

6- Runny nose: Runny or stuffy nose, which is generally confused with the flu, can be another symptom of the Omicron virus. 

7- Sore throat: While a sore throat is often due to changing weather, but can be a symptom of the Omicron virus. 

If you are suffering from cold-like conditions such as sniffles, headaches, and tiredness, get yourself tested for the latest variant of COVID-19. Furthermore, experts have observed low CT values in Omicron variant cases. 

"How it (Omicron) spreads, we can't say as of now, but there is no need to worry as all the six cases identified so far don't have any major health issues. We have seen the Delta variant, it had intensity, more issues like breathing, such things have not been noticed so far. Symptoms here are mild," said the Karnataka health minister.

Also Read | What is Delmicron and how is it different from Omicron?

First Omicron Cases in India

The Union Health Ministry was alerted after the two positive cases failed to match the Delta variant. Of the first two confirmed cases in the country, one is a 66-year-old man while the other is a 46-year-old health worker. 

Case 1: The 66-year-old man is a South African national who received both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine. He travelled to Bengaluru with a COVID negative report on November 20 but was tested positive on arrival. 

He was asymptomatic and was told to self-isolate. He tested negative on November 23 and flew to Dubai on 27 November 2021. None of his 24 primary and 240 secondary contacts have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Case 2: The 46-year-old man is a doctor at a government hospital in Bengaluru with no travel history. He developed fever and complained of body ache on November 22 and was tested positive on November 22. noting the low CT value, his sample was sent for genome sequencing. 

He stayed under Home isolation from November 22-24 and was admitted to the hospital on November 25. He was discharged after three days and his vaccination status is unclear. 

All his 13 primary and 205 secondary contacts were tested. Of these, 3 primary and 2 secondary contacts have tested positive for the virus. It is unclear whether they have Omicron strain or not. 

Timeline of Omicron Virus

24 November 2021: Several Cases were detected in South Africa's Gauteng Province and Botswana. 

26 November 2021: WHO designated B.1.1.529 lineage (Omicron) as a Variant of Concern. Four Countries, namely, Netherland, Israel, Hong Kong and Belgium reported Omicron variant cases. 

27 November 2021: Travel-related Omicron variant cases were detected in five more countries-- Australia, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany and England. 

28 November 2021: Travel-related Omicron variant cases were detected in two more countries, namely, Denmark and Austria.

29 November 2021: Travel-related cases were detected in four more countries, Canada, Sweden, Spain, and Switzerland. 

30 November 2021: Travel-related cases were detected in three more countries, namely, France, Japan, and Portugal.

1 December 2021: Travel-related cases were reported in nine countries. These are Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Norway, Ireland, the USA, Ghana, UAE, and Nigeria. 

2 December 2021: Two cases of Omicron variant detected in India. 

Also Read | SARS-CoV-2 Variants List: How many variants of COVID-19 are there in the world?

List of COVID-19 vaccines available in India

FAQ

Do vaccines work against the Omicron variant?

According to WHO, the vaccine is one of the most effective steps to fight the Omicron variant at the individual level, along with maintaining COVID-appropriate behaviour.

What are the symptoms of the Omicron virus variant?

The symptoms of the Omicron virus variant are as follows: 1- Mild fever 2- Fatigue 3- Body aches 4- Severe headache 5- Cough 6- Runny nose 7- Sore throat

Is Omicron dangerous than Delta?

According to CDC, the Omicron variant is likely to spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus but to what extent it will spread remains unknown. Anyone infected with the Omicron virus can spread it to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.

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