The symptoms of the Omicron COVID-19 variant are not too severe, Mother, so many think they just catch a cold or the common cold.
Pulmonary doctors who treat cases of the Omicron variant also reveal the symptoms experienced by the patients. Generally classified as mild, even similar to the common cold and also catch a cold.
The pulmonologist at Friendship Hospital, Dr. Erlina Burhan, SpP (K) also found symptoms similar to colds in the patients he treated. “Getting a cold, maybe people’s expressions also say that their body is not feeling well,” said Dr. Erlina in a recent online discussion.
Meanwhile, other symptoms experienced by Omicron patients are generally not much different from the common cold, such as colds, which most patients experience with mild symptoms.
In fact, he said, it is rare for an Omicron patient to complain of a fever. Of the number of patients he treats, it is estimated that only 18-20 percent of the body temperature indicates a fever.
“The symptoms are indeed similar to the flu, but there is something unique. If the flu is rarely sore throat, sore throat. For COVID-19, 60 percent of my patients, I think the average is related to the respiratory tract,” explained Dr. Erlina .
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Just like patients with the common cold, people infected with the Omicron variant usually complain of a runny and stuffy nose, accompanied by a cough. Notes from Dr. Erlina, cough symptoms in Omicron patients are usually a dry cough.
Omicron patients are also relatively rare with serious respiratory problems requiring oxygen supplementation. The reason is that the Omicron virus breeds more in the upper respiratory tract and rarely enters the lungs.
“In addition, there are headaches and weakness (in Omicron patients). This is very similar to the flu, so for Omicron’s condition which has started to spread, don’t take the flu too lightly, especially in elderly or old people, or people with comorbidities whose comorbidities are not under control,” concluded Dr. Erlina.
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