As the Omicron variant of Covid-19 continues to sweep across the world, another vital question has emerged for experts globally – Will more transmission equal more long Corona virus cases?
With that rising rate of hospitalization has been rising for the highly transmissible new Omicron variant. But scientists concur that more time is required to know the long time effects of these Corona virus infections.
Are symptoms are connected with the long-term effects of COVID?
According to CDC, long haul COVID or Long COVID is a range of more than fifty serious symptoms that might last for weeks or sometimes for months after a patient experiences Covid-19 infections.
There has not been an apparent difference in symptoms among acute Corona virus infections caused by new variants vs. those caused by other COVID variants such as Delta.
The top symptoms with new omicron variants infections are:
- Fatigue or tiredness
- Sore throat
- Congestion & runny nose
Though there’s some indication that the new variant spreads easily, fortunately, the early info looks to indicate omicron might cause a less severe problem with the population.
However, so far most patients experience cold-like mild symptoms with a new variant, this’d be due to a higher level of immunity (via vaccines or infection) in the population, experts stress.
Spread of the Omicron
The new variant likely will spread more easily than the actual SARS-CoV-2 and how easily the new variant spreads as compared to the Delta variant remains unknown.
Center Of Disease excepts that anybody with the infection of omicron can spread the virus to all others, even if they’re vaccinated or do not have any symptoms.
More data are required to know if infections, and particularly re-infections & breakthrough infections in people who’re vaccinated, cause more serious illness or sometimes death than infection with other COVID variants.
Can New variant Omicron cause long COVID?
Because of the omicron was initially indentified in November last year, it’s too early to say how long signs of infections can persist. It’s also not clear whether, like previous variants of the COVID, it can lead to emergence of issues like extreme fatigue or brain fog after infection has resolved.
Though, new reports suggest that new variant might cause less harsh early infirmity than other COVID variants, the basic signs of infection are same to infection with other COVID variants, suggesting that long last effects could also be same.
Milder initial illness don’t necessarily mean that omicron variant is less likely to lead to long COVID virus, researchers, experts, doctors and patient led groups caution.