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5 signs your child might have the omicron variant

An expert revealed five omicron variant symptoms to keep an eye out for when it comes to children

An illustration of the omicron variant.
An expert revealed five omicron variant symptoms to keep an eye out for when it comes to children
Illustration by Zoe Peterson, Deseret News

Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus continue to surge across the country, infecting adults, young adults and children alike.

But Dr. Harish Chafle, a senior consultant of pulmonology and critical care at Global Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, told The Hindustan Times that children are at risk for developing infection — especially when they’re unvaccinated.

He listed five symptoms to keep an eye out for when it comes to the omicron variant:

  1. Fever.
  2. Runny nose.
  3. Throat pain.
  4. Body ache.
  5. Dry cough.

According to The New York Times, early research data on the omicron variant suggests that the omicron variant causes mild COVID-19 symptoms and illness among vaccinated children.

Chafle told The Hindustan Times that adults need to practice proper COVID-19 rules to keep children safe.

  • “As far as protecting children is concerned, we know wearing masks is the only full proof way we can prevent any variant infecting them. So, for the same to happen in this age group, adults should start following covid appropriate behavior and set a role model for children to follow. Adults should wear mask properly so that the young ones learn to wear mask and of course follow hand hygiene,” he said.