With omicron, it may be harder to tell if you have covid, the common cold or flu

Health December 27, 2021 News
With omicron, it may be harder to tell if you have covid, the common cold or flu

From The Washington Post | Health by Kim Bellware

It starts with a sneeze, maybe a sniffle.

You think to yourself, it’s just mild allergies or a minor cold. You’re not worried about covid-19, because the symptoms don’t match up with the distinct, often severe indicators of covid-19: joint aches, violent coughing, a fever or chill, and the dreaded loss of ability to taste or smell.

But with the omicron variant now the dominant strain in the United States infecting the unvaccinated and fully inoculated alike, health experts warn the symptoms that previously helped people to gauge whether they had a cold, flu or covid-19 are no longer the useful marker they once were.

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