The omicron variant of the novel coronavirus is still here, spreading throughout the United States at a rapid rate as it continues to mutate.

  • Recent research can help us understand what a modern infection could look like right now.

Flashback: Back in November, a renewable-energy company called Scatec ASA hosted an annual holiday party among fully vaccinated people, who had to take a rapid COVID-19 test the day before the party, per The Wall Street Journal.

  • Soon after, about half of the partygoers tested positive for COVID-19.
  • At the time, the omicron variant had just started to spread, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Details: Researchers in Norway conducted a study that interviewed 111 out of 117 guests from a party on Nov. 26, 2021, which had an omicron variant outbreak.

  • The researchers said there were eight key symptoms among all the partygoers.

Symptoms: Per The Independent, the researchers said that the top symptoms from the patient included:

  • Cough.
  • Runny nose.
  • Fatigue.
  • Sore throat.
  • Headache.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Fever.
  • Sneezing.
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Yes, and: “The study found that cough, runny nose and fatigue were among the most common symptoms in the vaccinated individuals while sneezing and fever were least common,” according to The Independent.

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The bottom line:new version of the omicron variant —  the BA.2.12.1 variant — makes up one-fifth of COVID-19 cases right now, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Understanding the symptoms of the omicron variant can help you stay safe.

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