As Omicron keeps on causing widespread Covid sickness here within the U.S., another version of the very infectious variant is making healthcare providers more concerned as it becomes more prevalent around the world.
Some Americans are probably worried that the “stealth” version of Omicron will have infections that feel worse because of the fast spread of Omicron in the U.S.. Keep reading to learn what you should know about this new COVID-19 variant, also to know if there is any known changes in symptoms.
What are confirmed COVID-19 symptoms associated with Omicron?
There are not any current concerns that “stealth” Omicron infections will have different symptoms than earlier versions of Covid. Which means, you should not expect a new symptom if you are infected with “stealth” Omicron because the side effects have remained the same.
It is not to say that researchers will not find something new or common between “stealth” Omicron infections that are different from the Omicron infections now, Delta infections or cases of COVID in 2020. Health experts have currently confirmed that Omicron infections have led to new common upper respiratory symptoms — issues like nausea and sore throats — instead of symptoms like loss of taste and smell or shortness of breath. All symptoms are still possible for anyone who gets sick, not all COVID infections are the same, and upper respiratory symptoms are more common than other symptoms in past years.
Healthcare providers will possibly find a new trend for this “stealth” variant in the future — but it is true that anyone infected with COVID may get any of these symptoms reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Chills or Fever
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Runny nose or congestion
- Nausea or vomiting
Dr. Edwards says it is too early to know the hospitalization rate and mortality rate with this variant, or if it will effect a certain subset of people more often. While this variant is more widespread in South Asia, Europe, India and South Africa at the moment, she thinks that U.S. officials will soon learn that BA.2 is more widespread than they thought.