The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified a new variant of the Covid19 variant, B.1.1.529, as of November 26.  The variant was first identified in South Africa and has been named Omicron.

In light of the new Covid variant, Omicron, here are a few details about Covid symptoms and steps you can take to help protect you as well as your loved ones.

Here’s what we know: Symptoms can occur from 2- 14 days after exposure to the virus. They can range from mild to severe.  This list is not all possible symptoms, but here are a few that are most associated with the coronavirus.


Symptoms of 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


How to Protect Yourself & Others

  • Test to prevent spread to others
  • Get Vaccinated
  • Wear a mask
  • Stay 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect


When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately. Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone


*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.


For more on Covid testing and Covid Practices, visit Nu Pathway Healthcare and Wellness 

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