Health experts say that's likely to change, but there are still a lot of unknowns about the new variant. Doctors believe omicron has similar aspects to the other variants we've seen, including the more-contagious delta variant.
Are the symptoms of the omicron variant similar to other strains of COVID-19?
Yes, the symptoms of the omicron variant are similar to other strains of COVID-19. However, the severity of those symptoms is still unknown.
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Priest said while it's a new variant, omicron is still a strain of COVID-19, which is a respiratory illness. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, chills, shortness of breath, fatigue and headache, just to name a few.
"There will be similar symptomatology fever aches and headaches and all the things with COVID," Priest said.
Robinson and Passaretti agree.
"I suspect similar to what we see with other respiratory viruses," Passaretti said.
However, all three doctors said it's still unknown how bad these symptoms can get.
"The most important question is the severity of illness with omicron," Passaretti said. "Whether that differs in a good way, less severe or a very bad way, where it causes more severe illness, we are working hard to figure that out."
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