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Here are new omicron variant symptoms to look out for

Experts explain the different symptoms that those who are infected may experience

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An image depicting the omicron variant.

An image depicting the omicron variant.

Illustration by Zoe Peterson, Deseret News

In recent weeks, omicron variant BA.2.12.1 has become the dominant strain infecting people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What are the symptoms to look out for?

Since the omicron variants have a shorter incubation period, the symptoms may appear earlier, explained Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security.

“As your body starts recognizing the fact that it’s been infected, your immune system will start taking actions, and those actions are those symptoms that you feel: fatigue, headache, malaise,” said Adalja, per Health.

Those who have been infected may experience the same symptoms as allergies from pollen in the air, which is exacerbated during the springtime.

“We’re seeing more of the sore throat and the sinuses,” said Dr. Justin Coby, a pharmacist and director of Cedar Care Village Pharmacy, per Local 12.

The only way to know whether it’s allergies or COVID-19 is to test for it, Coby added.

What are omicron variants of concern?

Other variants circulating in the U.S. are BA.2, B.1.1.529 and BA.1.1, while the newest ones — BA.4 and BA.5 — are also gaining momentum, worrying experts.

Initial studies indicated that the newer variants especially have an ability to evade immunity from the vaccine, previous infection, or both, according to Science.

“Vaccine-induced immunity seems imperfect at preventing infection, but it looks like it will do a good job at keeping people out of the hospital with severe disease,” said Dr. Thomas Russo, professor and chief of infectious disease at the University at Buffalo in New York, per Prevention.