Coronavirus symptoms: Why Omicron patients are experiencing different symptoms

Reasons why omicron variant shows different symptoms

Even though the omicron variant of the coronavirus has spread to every corner of the world, there is still a lot to know about this new variant that emerged from South Africa. Researchers are trying to decode its nature to find the right cure and method to prevent it. It is quite clear that omicron leads to milder symptoms as compared to other variants. But even those infected with this variant experiences a wide range of symptoms that are distinct from each other.

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02/5What are the different kinds of symptoms experienced by people?

One of the most prominent things about the Omicron variant is that it leads to milder cold-like symptoms. Unlike previous variants, Omicron does not lead to severe respiratory infection nor does it cause loss of smell and taste, which was prominent in the case of the Delta variant. Headaches, sore throat, cold, runny nose and fatigue are some earlier symptoms of Omicron, which overlaps with a common cold. Another symptom associated with the Omicron variant is gastrointestinal illness. Data collected from across the globe reveals that most people suffer from gastrointestinal health issues and some of those do not even have any respiratory symptoms at all. Stomach bugs and gastrointestinal symptoms are common in the case of the omicron variant.

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03/5​Why Omicron patients are experiencing different symptoms

There are many reasons why people infected with the Omicron variant are experiencing different symptoms. One could be the COVID vaccination. Vaccinated and unvaccinated people experience different types of symptoms. Now that a majority of people are vaccinated, they might be experiencing milder symptoms in the case of breakthrough infection. Even though vaccination cannot provide 100 per cent protection, it can cut down the risk of severity and hospitalization to almost half.

Another reason could be the underlying health problems in people infected with Omicron. When a person infected with omicron is already suffering from a health condition or their immunity is compromised, they may experience severe symptoms as compared to a healthy individual.

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