If You Have Omicron, Here’s When Symptoms Start — Eat This Not That

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If you have Omicron, you may be wondering when the symptoms start and what you can do to manage them. Eating the right foods can help you manage your symptoms and keep them under control. In this article, we’ll discuss when symptoms start and what foods you should be eating to help manage them. We’ll also provide some tips on how to make healthy food choices and how to create a balanced diet. By following these tips, you can help keep your Omicron symptoms under control and live a healthier life.

If You Have Omicron, Here’s When Symptoms Start

Omicron is a rare genetic disorder that affects the nervous system. It is caused by a mutation in the OMI gene, which is responsible for the production of a protein called omicron-1. Symptoms of Omicron can vary from person to person, but typically start to appear in early childhood.

Common Symptoms of Omicron

The most common symptoms of Omicron include:

  • Delayed development
  • Seizures
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Vision problems
  • Hearing problems

These symptoms can range from mild to severe, and can vary from person to person. It is important to note that not everyone with Omicron will experience all of these symptoms.

Diagnosing Omicron

Omicron is typically diagnosed through genetic testing. A doctor may order a blood test to look for the OMI gene mutation. If the mutation is found, a diagnosis of Omicron can be made. It is important to note that a diagnosis of Omicron does not necessarily mean that the person will experience all of the symptoms associated with the disorder.

Treatment for Omicron

Currently, there is no cure for Omicron. However, there are treatments available to help manage the symptoms. These treatments can include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and medications. It is important to work with a doctor to find the best treatment plan for each individual.

Living with Omicron

Living with Omicron can be challenging, but there are ways to manage the symptoms and live a full life. Eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and staying connected with family and friends can all help to improve quality of life. It is also important to find support from other people with Omicron, as well as from medical professionals.

As we enter another week of the COVID surge, Omicron continues to spread quickly and in just under three months, the variant has infected millions of people. The World Health Organization Tweeted, “Since Omicron was first identified 10 weeks ago, almost 90 million #COVID19 cases have been reported to @WHO. We are now starting to see a very worrying increase in deaths, in most regions of the world. It’s premature for any country either to surrender, or to declare victory.” Eat This, Not That! Health talked with Dr. Eric Cioe-Peña MD, director of Global Health and Emergency Department physician at Staten Island University Hospital who explained when Omicron symptoms start and how to tell the difference between the virus and the flu. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.

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Dr. Cioe-Peña says, “The first signs tend to be congestion and other symptoms of an upper respiratory infection (sore throat, etc). You should test after an exposure, or any COVID-compatible symptoms. Testing before you see vulnerable family members even if asymptomatic is still inadvisable.” 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states, “People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.”

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Omicron is not only more contagious than COVID or Delta, but people who have been infected with the variant typically show symptoms much quicker, Dr. Cioe-Peña states. “Usually 1-2 days. It’s faster than with delta or alpha.”

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According to Dr. Cioe-Peña, “Omicron is milder COVID than previous variants, likely because a lot of the mutations that make it more infectious look similar to mutations in coronaviruses that cause the common cold. This likely makes it more infectious but less severe. It is still very severe in patients that are unvaccinated, so this should not be overemphasized.”

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Taking precautions like wearing a mask, social distancing and getting vaccinated helps prevent catching Omicron. Dr. Cioe-Peña says, “Yes, it’s very contagious but it is still possible to avoid exposure. For instance, I contracted COVID in early January and because I was frequently testing, I was able to isolate myself in my home and no one in my family, including my 4-year-old unvaccinated daughter, subsequently got COVID.”

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“Usually, the only way to tell is to get tested,” Dr. Cioe-Peña explains. “The symptoms are pretty similar. Certainly, some symptoms are more likely with COVID, like loss of taste and smell but other than that it’s hard to tell based on symptoms.”

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Assume you have COVID if you have these symptoms, and get tested. And follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated or boosted ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.