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What are the main symptoms of Omicron?


STUDY – In its weekly report, the French public health agency took stock of the symptoms caused by the Omicron variant, now majority. These seem indeed less severe than with Delta.

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It is a trend that is confirmed for several weeks: the symptoms caused by the Omicron variant seem to be less severe than those caused by its predecessor, Delta. In its last weekly bulletin, Public Health France investigated symptoms in more than 283 people infected with this mutation, originally from southern Africa. If they are frequent enough, they cause less severe forms.

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According to the health agency, among 338 confirmed cases of Omicron in this study, 88 % (that is 280) showed symptoms. With a median age of 29 years, those tested positive were “younger than the cases infected with the Delta variant over the same period” , specifies Public health France . 64% of them were vaccinated (first vaccination), and 5% had received their booster dose at the time of their infection.

Fewer hospitalizations, more mild symptoms First lesson: a minority of these cases had to undergo a hospital stay. “Only five cases were hospitalized, none of which in intensive care” , ensures the health agency. Among them, three were not vaccinated, two of whom had risk factors. “This low rate of hospitalizations should be put in perspective with the low proportion of people with risk among the cases investigated (11%) “, Public Health France nuance. “An underestimation is also possible because the cases are sometimes investigated for a short time after the onset of symptoms. ”

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Second lesson: most symptoms seem quite mild. Among the patients studied, 144 had asthenia (approximately 60%), i.e. severe fatigue. 118 coughed and 114 had a fever, which represents about one in two patients. Also, headache (97, muscle pain (97), sore throat (75) or a runny nose (64) were regularly listed. On the other hand, little loss of taste or smell (21).

Public health France “The property of ‘Omicron to have more mild ENT symptoms is due to the virus having a harder time attaching itself to the lung and creating s pneumonia “, explains on TF1 Dr Benjamin Davido, infectious disease specialist at Raymond hospital -Poincaré de Garches (see video at the top of this article). Good news, as this variant now represents nearly three out of four contaminations in the country.

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