COVID-19: this is how each symptom of the omicron variant lasts

Cough, muscle and throat pain, do you know how many days the symptoms of the variant last? omicron? Today and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 72 percent of COVID-19 cases correspond to the variant of concern that spreads very quickly.

This new variant has made governments take measures, such as a reduction in capacity and restrictions for the unvaccinated to prevent rapid spread, but its progress does not stop, generating high absenteeism and affecting economic growth.

In some cases omicron can be similar to a simple cold, but in others it can last for more days. According to a study conducted in Norway, published in the medical journal Eurosurveillance, most of the symptoms suffered by patients could last between 2 and 5 days.

HOW LONG DOES EACH SYMPTOM OF THE ÓMICRON VARIANT LAST?

Next, this can last the symptoms of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in most cases:

  • Tos: It lasts between 3 and 5 days.
  • Nasal congestion: It lasts between 2 and 5 days.
  • Fatigue: its duration is between 2 and 5 days.
  • Throat pain: Its duration is between 2 and 5 days.
  • Lack of appetite: duration between 2 and 5 days.
  • Taste affectation: It lasts between 2 and 4 days.
  • Sneezing: duration between 2 and 4 days.
  • Headache: duration between 2 and 4 days.
  • Muscle pain: a duration of between 2 and 4 days.
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person knocks  Omicron cough can last from 2 to 5 days (Photo: Pixabay)
person knocks Omicron cough can last from 2 to 5 days (Photo: Pixabay)

WHAT IS THE FIRST SYMPTOM OF ÓMICRON?

The first symptom that occurs when infected with Omicron is a sore throat, according to US specialists from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

WHY IS THE ÓMICRON VARIANT MORE CONTAGIOUS?

Omicron is 70 times more contagious than other variants rated of concern by the WHO. This is because their mutations allow the virus to enter human cells more easily and become more contagious. It’s like, for example, when we make a new key and it costs more to open the door, but, with use, the key gets finer. The objective is to infect more to become endogenous pathogens, that is, to stay with us forever.

HOW MANY VARIANTS OF THE SARS-COV-2 VIRUS ARE THERE CURRENTLY?

  • Quite a few, but not all are considered “Variant of Concern” (VOC) by the WHO. In this special list we have:
  • Alpha (first detected in the UK, September 2020)
  • Beta (South Africa, May 2020)
  • Gamma (Brazil, November 2020)
  • Delta (India, October 2020)
  • Omicron.

WHAT PREVENTIVE MEASURES SHOULD WE TAKE TO AVOID GETTING INFECTED BY ÓMICRON?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most effective measures that everyone can take to reduce the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is to keep a distance of at least one meter from other peoplewear a well-fitting mask, open the windows to ventilate the rooms, avoid crowded or poorly ventilated places, keep their hands clean, cough and sneeze into the flexure of the elbow or into a disposable handkerchief and get vaccinated when their turn comes.

Frequent hand washing with soap and water, physical distancing and the use of masks is key to avoiding contagion (Photo: iStock).
Frequent hand washing with soap and water, physical distancing and the use of masks is key to avoiding contagion (Photo: iStock).