Omicron symptoms are in line with previous variants according to South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) to include elevated body temperature, such that Omicron fever screening should continue. In a statement, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, “Based on the evidence presented indicative of a detrimental change in COVID-19 epidemiology, the TAG-VE has advised WHO that this variant should be designated as a VOC, and the WHO has designated B.1.1.529 as a VOC, named Omicron.”
The list of most common Omicron symptoms, included in the the WHO listing for Coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) for the variant B.1.1.529, Omicron fever, cough, tiredness, loss of taste or smell.
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According to early reports by experts Omicron symptoms remain the same, but outcomes and transmissibility may differ. In a roundup of news sources, The Times Now of India quoted Dr. Shabnam Mir – Consultant Physician and Head Clinical Operation at Antara, a Max Group company specializing in senior care described Omicron symptoms as similar to other variants
“The symptoms for the OMICRON variant are the same as other variants such as cough, cold, fever, sore throat, headache, loss of taste and smell. They are not unusual."
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In the same article Dr. Rajesh Jaria, Consultant of Internal Medicine at P D Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Centre explained Omicron symptoms along those same line "High body temperature, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste may be more dominant in this variant." The article goes on to quote Dr. Jaria describing the unusual mutations and up to 50 mutations in the genome and 30 in the spike protein.
According to the International Business Times (IBT) Omicron symptoms are similar to the Delta variant infection. Omicron symptoms include Omicron fever, cough, throat pain, and occasionally skin rashes. However, there are also asymptomatic cases of Omicron infection.
As governments worldwide race to better understand Omicron symptoms and infections in a Nov. 26, 2021 article the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) continue to list COVID / Omicron symptoms most common are Omicron fever, cough, headache, vomiting and loss of taste and smell.
According to WNBF News on Friday, November 26, New York Governor Kathy Hochul cited the discovery of the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529, also known as the Omicron variant and declared New York in a State of Emergency. According to the WNBF article flu and COVID-19 / Omicron symptoms may be similar to include a flu or Omicron fever, muscle ache, fatigue, but Omicron may include a dry cough and shortness of breath.