Omicron: The ‘initial’ symptom seen in 89% of those infected with the strain – CDC report

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The report lists cough (89 percent), fatigue (65 percent) and congestion or runny nose (59 percent) as the three most common symptoms.

Shortness of breath (16 percent), diarrhoea (11 percent) and loss of taste or smell (eight percent) all featured at the bottom of the CDC’s list.

To date, there is no evidence that the Omicron variant can evade vaccine protection, but scientists have voiced concerns over the variant’s heavy mutations, suggesting it may warrant reformulations of the vaccine.

But other previous mutations have shared some of the strain’s antibody-evading mutations, just not in the same combinations or quantities.

Early analysis of the strain fanned concerns that vaccines were less effective against Omicron.

In the latest developments, researchers have warned two doses of the jab are not enough to protect against the variant.

A third booster, however, may prevent around 75 percent of people from getting any Covid symptoms.

Published at Sat, 11 Dec 2021 08:29:00 +0000

Omicron: The ‘initial’ symptom seen in 89% of those infected with the strain – CDC report