COVID Omicron BA2.75 Symptoms
As of the week ending September 24, 2022, BA.5 represent an estimated 83.1% of the SARS-CoV-2 variants currently circulating in the United States, according to the CDC.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington and other experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, foresee a wave beginning to swell in late October, 2022 and peaking in late December or January.
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Though symptoms of Omicron aren't drastically different from those associated with the Delta variant, they are manifesting differently, Pia MacDonald, PhD, MPH, an infectious disease epidemiologist at RTI International, told Health. The most commonly-reported symptoms with the original Omicron variant were cough, fatigue, headache, congestion, and runny nose, according to the CDC.
Research published in April 2022 in The Lancet also found that sore throat and hoarse voice were consistently more prevalent with Omicron infections than with Delta.
Meanwhile, loss of taste and smell, which was a common symptom with previous variants, is less likely to occur with Omicron.
Emergency warning signs
Individuals are reminded to seek immediate medical attention (go to a hospital’s emergency department) if they develop emergency warning signs of COVID-19 such as:
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Bluish lips or face
- New confusion or inability to arouse