Omicron, the post-infection symptom that “doesn’t want to go away”

For a long time now, talking about covid and its variants (Omicron) has been a daily occurrence. Even if lately, with the elimination of some restrictions, they finally suggest an end.

However, for those who have had covid, it must be said that they still cannot see an end, given that some symptoms are not able to disappear completely.

In fact, it is an alarm for the ‘Long Covid’, that is the symptom that does not disappear after some time from healing.

Omicron and the variant of SARS-CoV-2 more recently taken over and is one of the dominant in Europe. Although, it must be said that this type of covid variant appears to cause milder symptoms than previous variants, especially for those who are vaccinated.

Having very mild symptoms, it can be compared to a normal seasonal flu. The main symptoms are sore throat, dry cough, cold, fatigue, sneezing and fever. Obviously, in some cases it can be even more severe and can lead to breathing problems. The Omicron variant, as we have already said, causes mild and short-lived symptoms in people vaccinated with 2 or 3 doses.

Omicron, the post-infection symptom that “doesn’t want to go away”

In Italy, obviously, covid is still in circulation but there are many studies on Long Covid, that is, the symptoms that persist even after recovery from the disease.

Research has shown that even long after Omicron was infected, most patients report that they still have symptoms.

The most common symptoms were fatigue and muscle weakness. Two years after the infection, 30% of hospitalized for Covid still accuse fatigue and weakness, the main symptoms of Long Covid. But in addition to fatigue problems, they were also recorded sleep disturbances, poor quality of life in general and low exercise capacity, mental health problems, and increased use of health services.

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Other symptoms could be joint pains, palpitations, dizziness and headaches. In addition, mental health consequences were also noted. Indeed, 35% of patients with Long Covid reported discomfort while 13% reported having symptoms of anxiety and 11% symptoms of depression.