There’s still a lot to learn about the omicron variant of the coronavirus, which continues to spread throughout the world, including the United States. But some more information about potential symptoms has recently surfaced.
Dr. Angelique Coetzee, the South African doctor who first sounded the alarm on the omicron variant, has revealed some symptoms of the new variant, describing them as “very, very mild” compared to symptoms of the delta variant, according to Al Jazeera.
The most common omicron variant COVID-19 symptoms she’s seen include:
- Muscle aches.
- Scratchy throat.
- Night sweats.
These four symptoms described by Coetzee — which are based on patients from South Africa who were infected by omicron — slightly match up with other reported symptoms.
For example, the ZOE COVID Study, which has analyzed thousands of COVID-19 cases, found five common symptoms that were reported among people who got infected at the time when omicron began to rise.
Those symptoms included:
- Runny nose.
- Fatigue (either mild or severe).
- Sore throat.
But one symptom appears to stand out above others — scratchy throats.
Per The Hill, there have been multiple reports from the U.K. that say people infected with the omicron variant said they had scratchy throats as one of their symptoms.
- Sore throats appear to be a more common symptom of the traditional COVID-19 strains.
Early reports from South Africa — where the omicron variant was first discovered and announced, though not necessarily where it originated — found that omicron variant symptoms have been milder among fully vaccinated people compared to previous variants, which might be a welcome sign for the next phase of the pandemic.