The Missing Symptoms in Omicron Cases

People from many countries have started to report their symptoms from the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, giving researchers and potential patients a chance to understand what could happen to them if they’re infected. Data showed that it doesn’t seem to take long for symptoms of COVID’s latest variant, Omicron, to start showing up.

While the previous Covid strains have taken around four or five days for coughs, headaches, and fevers to manifest, it looks as if the incubation timetable for Omicron is even more abbreviated. Besides that, there are a few missing symptoms during the report.

Common covid-19 symptoms

The common symptoms of covid-19, which include the following, per the CDC:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The missing ones

An infectious disease specialist and vaccinologist at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in North Carolina, Dr. Katherine Poehling, told NBC News that one major COVID-19 symptom is missing among the anecdotal data there is the loss of taste and smell. Some research suggests that 48% of people with the original mutation of the novel coronavirus had a loss of smell, and 41% had a loss of taste. But among a small group of omicron patients, that number jumped down to 23% for loss of taste and 12% for loss of smell, according to The New York Times.

Similarly, Dr. Amir Khan, a physician with the U.K.’s National Health Service, told the U.K. newspaper The Sun that night sweats have become a common omicron variant symptom among patients he has seen.

Dr. Angelique Coetzee, chairwoman of the South African Medical Association who first sounded the alarm on the omicron variant, told the “BBC Sunday” at the beginning of all of this. Her patients had “unusual symptoms” from omicron, including body aches and pains with a bit of a headache,” she told the BBC.

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