Current COVID symptoms: Symptoms now common compared to previous symptoms in the pandemic – NBC Chicago

As omicron subvariants continue to account for nearly all COVID cases in the United States, and as new variants continue to emerge, are symptoms changing?

according to Latest update from the CDCthe BA.5 strain of the omicron variant is now the most prevalent strain of the virus in the United States, accounting for more than 88% of recent cases.

The BA.4 variant, which began circulating around the same time as BA.5, is still responsible for the second most cases in the United States at 5.3%, but it may soon lose this place to one of its other subspecies, with the BA.4.6 strain responsible. Also, just over 5% of cases, according to CDC estimates.

As more cases occur, many are curious about the symptoms that typically appear with COVID and how quickly these symptoms appear.

According to Johns Hopkins MedicineEarly symptoms of COVID-19 usually include fatigue, headache, sore throat, or fever. Some patients also experience loss of taste or smell as an early or first symptom.

A study by researchers at the University of Southern California found that fever may be a first, as well as two other symptoms. It found that the initial symptoms of COVID-19 were most likely a fever, followed by a cough and muscle aches. After that, sufferers are likely to experience nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. The researchers found that, unlike other respiratory illnesses such as Middle East respiratory syndrome and SARS, COVID-19 patients are more likely to develop nausea and vomiting before diarrhoea.

Gastrointestinal symptoms may, in some cases, be the first sign that someone has COVID. They are known to develop early in the infection, with respiratory symptoms appearing a day later, according to an article from Emerson Health.

However, some symptoms, such as shortness of breath, are becoming less prevalent as the virus continues to mutate.

“In terms of symptoms and what people have, it’s been incredibly heterogeneous,” said Dr. Sharon Welbull, director of epidemiology and infection control at Cook County Health. “I find with omicron that we know that fever and cough are still the most common — not shortness of breath anymore like they did with the Wuhan virus, but fever and sore throat, like I said, cough.”

While the BA.5 variant tends to cause symptoms similar to other COVID variants, Chicago’s chief medical officer says there could be a greater focus on upper respiratory problems, as the virus tends to linger in the nasal passages and other parts of the respiratory system above. lungs;

Dr. Alison Arwady, commissioner for the Chicago Department of Public Health, also says patients also tend to see longer-lasting symptoms and more widespread because of the virulence of the BA.5 variant.

“There’s nothing really different, I can tell, but there’s just more symptoms. It’s a much more deadly infection,” she said during a recent Facebook Live.

Experts warn patients that the severity or even the type of initial symptoms can vary greatly from person to person.

“I think it’s really variable depending on person to person,” Welbel said. “It depends on the age, it depends on the disease, it depends on the status of the vaccine, and if someone is infected before you possibly know it, the immune system is sped up more… So, I think there is no way to protect them anticipate that.”

The The CDC says that the average time to appear Of the symptoms in a patient with different strains of Omicron can be only three days.

In general, symptoms will usually appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus, according to the CDC. However, how long these symptoms last can depend on the person, the severity of the infection, and whether or not they will end up with COVID for a long time.

“Some people say they feel better in one day, and some say they still have lingering symptoms after three weeks,” Welbel said.

Symptoms of the virus include:

fever or chills


-Shortness of breath


Muscle or body aches


New loss of taste or smell

-Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting


Patients are urged to seek emergency medical attention if they experience:

– breathing difficulties

Constant pain or pressure in the chest

– New confusion

Inability to wake up or stay awake

Pale, gray, or blue skin, lips, or nail beds

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