Omicron is a variant of Covid-19 that is still being researched by experts. Moreover, the symptoms experienced by Omicron patients are known to be different from other Covid-19 variants.
According to WHO infectious disease expert, Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, patients infected with Omicron can have a number of different symptoms. There are those who have no symptoms at all, but on the other hand there are also those who have symptoms, even quite severe.
“On average, we know the risk of hospitalization is lower if you are infected with Omicron than Delta, but that doesn’t mean it’s a mild disease,” he said during a question and answer session with Dr Abdi Mahamud as quoted from the Mint, Wednesday (16/2/2022). ).
So, what are the symptoms of Omicron that patients usually experience? Based on data from a tracking application called the Zoe Covid Study from the UK, many Omicron patients report flu-like symptoms, ranging from sore throats, body aches, fatigue, to headaches.
Then the latest report also mentions that there are unusual symptoms experienced by Omicron patients. Some of them turned out to be complaining of digestive problems, such as diarrhea, no appetite, and stomach pain.
While symptoms that are very rarely encountered in those infected with Omicron are cough, fever, and loss of smell. In fact, these symptoms are one of the common symptoms felt by Covid-19 patients.
These are 3 Common Omicron Symptoms Experienced
The difference in these symptoms does depend on the condition of each patient. There are several factors that influence it, ranging from vaccination status, immunity, and other things.
But what is certain, according to WHO, people who have been vaccinated have a lower risk of hospitalization including dying when infected with Covid-19. For this reason, it is important for the public to get the main and booster doses of vaccines.
Omicron Symptoms Different in Each Patient
Previously, the Chair of the Infection Working Group for the Central Management of the Indonesian Lung Doctors Association (PDPI), Erlina Burhan, explained what Omicron symptoms are commonly experienced by patients. Which in general is not a fever like being infected with other variants of the Corona Virus.
“The symptoms are also slightly different. In the past, the symptoms were generally fever, now it’s usually a sore throat, cough, and nasal congestion,” Erlina said during the Press Conference and Launching of the COVID-19 Management Guidebook Edition 4 .
The clinical manifestations of COVID-19 symptoms, including Omicron, are diverse and there are comorbid influences that can aggravate the patient’s condition. Symptoms of COVID-19, including Omicron, are also asymptomatic (without symptoms) and symptomatic.
Omicron Case Symptoms
Although on average most cases of Omicron are mild or asymptomatic, certain vulnerable groups, especially those with a history of comorbidities, can worsen the condition.
“We also share Omicron symptoms, there are mild, moderate, severe, and critical. These symptoms when found in people with comorbidities, such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, geriatrics, autoimmune diseases, kidney disease, heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD),” said Erlina.
“So, usually those who have comorbidities will cause severe disease to cause death,” he explained.