A hoarse voice and sore throat are more common symptoms of Omicron variant infection, according to a new study.
or people with just two doses of Covid-19 vaccine, the duration of symptoms is reported to be around 8.3 days The lancet. The findings, due to be presented later this month at the European Congress on Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Lisbon, came from a study by Kings College London.
Patients with the Omicron variant are 25 percent less likely to be hospitalized and 2.5 times more likely to recover within a week than patients treated with the Delta variant. Variant infected.
If the results are confirmed by viral load studies, the contagion time for Omicron could be shorter – which in turn would impact workplace health policies and public health guidance.
Chief Physician Dr. Tony Holohan is currently considering whether to reduce the isolation period for people infected with Covid-19 from seven to five days.
The study found that odor loss was less common in participants infected during omicron prevalence (17 pc) than during delta prevalence (53 pc).
Sore throat was more common during treatment with Omicron, with statistical analysis showing a 55% increased risk of sore throat in these patients.
Omicron sufferers were also 24 percent more likely to develop a hoarse voice and half as likely to have at least one of the three classic Covid-19 symptoms – fever, loss of smell and persistent cough.
The study results come as 7,005 new cases of the virus were reported yesterday, including 3,150 who tested positive after a PCR test.
The positivity rate among those doing PCR testing fell to 28.77 percent yesterday, down from 36.54 percent a week earlier.
The number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 fell to 1,251 – a drop of 82 in one day.
Of those, 56 were in intensive care, down from two since Wednesday.
dr Holohan, who appeared privately before the Oireachtas Health Committee yesterday, said: “While we recognize that the pandemic is not over, the national epidemiological profile of Covid-19 remains largely positive, which translates into an encouraging picture at a Area shows of disease indicators.
“While the overall epidemiological situation indicates persistently high levels of infection and a significant number of cases receiving general hospital care, the number of hospital cases has been declining in recent days.
“In addition, the number of cases in the intensive care unit remains stable. The continued commitment of the population to the vaccination program and in particular the booster program and the high level of compliance with public health measures and the lower severity of Omicron have led us to this improved epidemiological situation.
“We remain focused on a number of key issues related to the pandemic response. Work has been going on between the department and the HSE on the national Covid-19 vaccination strategy, which is constantly evolving.”
dr Holohan said that “by noting that social and economic restrictions could be lifted, Nphet emphasized that the pandemic is not over and that Covid-19 still poses a public health risk.”
“While this risk may have reduced, it is important that we continue to advise anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 to self-isolate in accordance with current guidance,” he added.
Anyone diagnosed with Covid-19 should self-isolate for seven days from the date of onset of symptoms or, if asymptomatic, from the date of their first positive test.
Vulnerable people are advised to consider wearing masks in crowded indoor spaces such as social gatherings or other activities and events.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/a-sore-throat-and-hoarse-voice-may-indicate-omicron-variant-but-youre-25pc-less-likely-to-end-up-in-hospital-41532269.html A sore throat and hoarse voice may indicate an Omicron variant, but you’re 25 percent less likely to end up in the hospital