Omicron: It’s Really Not That Bad

The most common side effects of the omicron strain of COVID-19, according to a new review of early data, are similar to common influenza.

Runny nose, migraine, tiredness (moderate or severe), coughing, and sore throat are the top five complaints about omicron, according to the ZOE COVID Symptoms Research.

This research has been monitoring sensations reported by respondents using a smartphone app. The information was gathered in London between December 3 and 10.

Omicron is similar to the common cold

The new strain is distinct from earlier variants, which were known to cause high fevers, a persistent cough, and a loss of smell.

“Perhaps, people are now aware of the cold-like symptoms that appear to be the most common signs of omicron.” In a news release on Thursday, ZOE principal scientist Tim Spector said, “These are the improvements that will restrict the propagation of the virus.”

“By Christmas, Omicron is poised to be the mainstream view in the UK, and cases might reach a peak greater than anything we’ve ever observed,” Spector added.

“Cases have been quickly increasing in London, but this is expected to decrease shortly as individuals modify their habits, such as using face masks again, canceling parties, and working at home more.”

Spector also shared some Christmas tips. “I’d advocate restricting social interaction in the run-up to Christmas and completing a few Horizontal Flow Tests immediately before the big family event if folks want to come together and keep susceptible relatives safe.”

Omicron signs include runny nose, migraine, sore throat, and sneezing, according to our most recent data, thus people should stay at home because it could be COVID.

In omicron areas, we’re seeing two to three times as many mild infections in humans with boosters as we are in Delta variant areas, but they’re still quite preventive and a key tool.”

Cases are way down in the epicenter

The symptoms are similar to a cold, according to Dr. Angelique Coetzee, president of the South African Medical Council and the first to identify a case of the novel omicron.

“The majority of them are experiencing relatively modest symptoms, and none of them have taken patients to surgery so far.” In late November, she told Reuters, “We’ve been able to treat these individuals cautiously at home.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new forecasts last week about the destruction that omicron will wreak on the United States in the following weeks.

According to the CDC, by January 8, 19 fatalities will have increased by 73% to 15,600 each week; cases could reach 1.3 million by Christmas Day.

As of January 8, according to updated forecasts revealed on Wednesday, there will be 15,600 new COVID deaths per week, or even more than 2,200 per day.


COVID-19 is expected to be detected in as many as 1.3 million Americans by the conclusion of the Christmas holiday week.

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