Omicron variant symptoms might be hard to stop, according to Dr. Robert Quigley, the senior vice president and global medical director for International SOS, a leading medical and security services company.

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Quigley told me in an interview that omicron variant symptoms “may be difficult or impossible to stop.”

  • “For those who may experience headaches, a sore throat or a fever you can hydrate and take headache and over-the-counter cold medications to help reduce the symptoms,” he said.

Quigley added that stopping COVID-19 symptoms depends on each people.

  • “It is important to take a step back to evaluate your symptoms and take the necessary steps that work for you whether that be getting extra rest, extra hydration or taking over-the-counter medication to combat more severe symptoms,” Quigley said.

Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious disease expert at Mayo Clinic, recently told WKBT-TV that the COVID-19 booster shot is one of the most effective ways to stop the omicron variant symptom.

  • “As time passes, vaccinated people become less protected which is why doctors are asking people to get a booster dose,” he said.
  • “If you get that booster dose, in essence, a third dose, your protection against hospitalization, jumps back up to what it had been, if not higher, so about 75%–80% protection. Data shows this virus variant replicates about 70-fold faster than the delta variant,” he added.

However, Ugur Sahin, the CEO of vaccine developer BioNTech, said that triple-vaccinated people can still transmit the virus, even if mRNA vaccines are currently 70% to 75% effective against stopping COVID-19 infection.