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Omicron Latest News: What you need to know about the symptoms of this COVID-19 variant?
More evidence is emerging that the Omicron coronavirus variant is affecting the upper respiratory tract, causing milder symptoms than previous variants.
Omicron Latest News: A new variant of COVID-19, Omicron was detected last year. Since then, it has spread across the world and cases of COVID-19 have been on a rise. In India also, coronavirus cases have been rising rapidly. However, there is a brighter side to this. There are evidences that are suggesting the Omicron coronavirus variant is affecting the upper respiratory tract, causing milder symptoms than previous variants.
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A Reuters report on January 4, 2022, states that more evidence is emerging that the Omicron coronavirus variant is affecting the upper respiratory tract, causing milder symptoms than previous variants and resulting in a "decoupling" in some places between soaring case numbers and low death rates, a World Health Organization official said.
WHO Incident Manager Abdi Mahamud told Geneva-based journalists, "We are seeing more and more studies pointing out that Omicron is infecting the upper part of the body. Unlike other ones, the lungs who would be causing severe pneumonia."
He further added, "It can be good news, but we really require more studies to prove that."
Most of the Omicron cases in the United States had only mild symptoms such as coughing, congestion, and fatigue, a Reuters report on December 14, 2021 stated. Other symptoms reported less frequently included nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, diarrhea and loss of taste or smell.
Recently, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) issued a circular that stated the asymptomatic cases are laboratory-confirmed cases who are not experiencing any symptoms and have oxygen saturation at room air of more than 93 per cent. The clinically assigned mild cases are patients with upper respiratory tract symptoms with or without fever, without shortness of breath and having oxygen saturation at room air of more than 93 per cent.
Furthermore, as per the revised guidelines from the MoHFW, the patients under home isolation will stand discharged and end isolation after at least 7 days have passed from testing positive and have no fever for three successive days. Furthermore, there is also no need for re-testing after the home isolation period is over.
In this context, one must note that India recorded 1,94,720 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours on Wednesday, as per the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). The number of Omicron variant cases in the country stands at 4,868.
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