COVID-19: These symptoms distinguish Omicron from the common cold

The highly contagious COVID-19 Omicron variant has been compared to the common cold as they share several similar symptoms including sore throat, runny nose and sneezing.

But the Omicron strain also has several symptoms similar to the original COVID-19 virus.

They include fever, chills, and “as it progresses, people will start having coughs, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing,” said Dr. Hai Shao, an infection doctor in San Diego, California, for CBS 8 KFMB TV in San Diego.

“A unique feature of COVID-19 is the loss of sense of smell and taste that you do not find in common cold viruses,” Shao added. “The other thing is that a common cold tends not to cause high fever and sometimes severe headaches, which omicron reports these symptoms as prevalent.

“If you have these symptoms, it’s much more worrying that you may have got COVID than the common cold virus.”

A ZOE study conducted in the UK analyzed thousands of COVID symptoms uploaded to an app by the UK public in the midst of the onset of the Omicron outbreak.

The five most important symptoms recorded in the app were:

  • Runny nose,
  • Headache,
  • Fatigue (both mild or severe),
  • Nysen,
  • Sore throat.

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