Omicron, the new variant of COVID-19, is spreading all over the world, especially in the United States. The spread of the virus is evident by the daily increase in testing for the omicron infection in individuals. Also, everyone wants to know what the symptoms of the disease are to be alert about it and get tested in case of symptoms.
Does Omicron Effects Differently On Vaccinated & Who Are Not?
Different characteristics of Omicron are developed each day and are identified in the researches done on it, which makes the virus much more threatening also, the virus is infectious.
What is the effect of Omicron on vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals is also a matter of concern, and there is a need to spread awareness about it. The chief Judith O’Donnell of infection disease at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center spoke about the effect of this infectious disease.
Much more concern is for the vaccinated people and the symptoms these vaccinated people suffer from. How to identify if they have covid19 or not, and what if it did turn out to be life-threatening to them? But the good news is that it’s not the case; everyone vaccinated is in a state to experience this covid-19 as a mild cold because the virus through vaccination has already come in contact with the body and has developed immunity against it.
The symptoms observed in these individuals are much similar to the common cold, which includes nausea, cough, running nose, and sore throat. One should get tested if he experiences these symptoms and is vaccinated to take effective measures against the virus though it would be much easier to deal with as you already have immunity against it. The symptom which is not observed is fever.
Also, the question raised was what is the reason behind experiencing mild common cold symptoms in Omicron and covid-19 in recent times? Is it the characteristics of the variant, or is it just because we are vaccinated or boosted or have developed an immunity against it as in areas of South Africa where it is was first found, and everyone has developed a natural immunity against the virus.
Judith answered it, saying it has nothing to do with the variant but the basic mechanism of the human body, which they are blessed with. As vaccination and living with the virus for a certain time, we have developed a natural defense mechanism against it. The virus is no more new to us, which makes it easier for the body to deal with it, and so are we experiencing only mild symptoms.
The common symptoms registered under the Omicron are almost similar to COVID-19, including shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, fever, cough, and characteristics symptoms of losing the ability to smell and taste. Individuals may also experience running nose, diarrhea, congestion, and vomiting at times. The scientific literature states that symptoms are much similar to the mild cold, whereas more running noses and congestion have been observed recently among infected individuals.
When it comes to the non-vaccinated group of people, Omicron is not just a cold to them. How previously people have suffered to an extent and were hospitalized, the case would be similar for individuals who are not yet exposed to the virus by getting vaccinated. They are suffering from a server and life-threatening pneumonia, which leads to shortening of breath.
As we say, anything shouldn’t be underestimated, and it is the case with the omicron virus; until you have taken effective measures to prevent the virus, you cannot expect that you will be safe. So everyone should get vaccinated as soon as possible to develop immunity against the virus and save their precious lives.