According to the genomic surveillance report of the National Institute of Health of Colombia, the omicron variant accounts for almost 70 percent of cases of coronavirus covid-19 reported in that country, which have shown a significant increase in recent days.
Since some of the symptoms of influenza and this new variant are similar, it can be difficult to distinguish between the two diseases based on the symptoms alone. symptom.
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For this reason, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States have developed a mechanism with a series of clues to determine if the symptom correspond to covid-19.
Carlos Álvarez, coordinator of covid studies for Colombia delegated by the WHO and a member of the Epidemiology Advisory Committee, recently explained that the evidence that is known so far indicates that, in effect, the omicron variant is more contagious, so there is a greater probability that a positive case will spread more quickly to another person.
Many studies claim that it is a variant 5 to 10 times milder than other strains of the virus, but its transmission capacity is exponentially greater. Although the evidence suggests that it is less severe, this does not mean that the risk of developing serious disease does not exist.
In fact, symptoms reported by people with omicron vary from those who even those who become seriously ill have mild symptoms.
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Symptoms can appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus and it is true that they are similar to the common cold that begins with a sore throat, cough, congestion and pain in the body in general, but keep in mind what with omicron there may be others symptom more serious symptoms such as shortness of breath (feeling short of breath), fatigue, muscle and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
As many people are not usually sure of having covid-19 In the face of the manifestation of a flu condition, the CDC has created a coronavirus self-tester, an interactive clinical assessment tool that provides assistance to individuals by helping them determine if it is indeed omicron or a common cold.
The online tool works by asking a series of questions that, according to the user’s answers, offer the measures and recommendations in the event of the possible certainty of an omicron contagion.
According to Álvarez, when faced with flu symptoms that cause doubt, it is best to isolate yourself, contact the EPS and request the PCR test to rule out or confirm whether the symptoms are associated with covid-19 or not.
“The decision to isolate is the most responsible at this time, especially since there is still a holiday season and interactions continue to be higher”said the expert.