Omicron Variant: What We Know

Omicron Variant: What We Know

Jan 17, 2022

While there is still much to learn specific to safety & precautions for the Omicron variant, we know that not all health emergencies are COVID related. That’s why knowing that you have an emergency room near you for emergency treatment of all types can provide immediate peace of mind. At Express ER, we understand that new variants of COVID can cause great concern or even questions about whether there is a specific Omicron variant COVID-19 vaccine. Following are some commonly asked questions that we hear from patients when they’ve been searching for an “ER near me.” If you don’t see the question you’d like to ask, remember that we’re here 24/7 to provide emergency medical care in Abilene.

What are the new COVID-19 Omicron variant symptoms? 

Like symptoms for the original COVID virus, the new COVID-19 Omicron variant symptoms remain unchanged. The most noteworthy are:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue
  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash or discoloration of fingers or toes
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

Some of these sound like other health-related concerns. Is there is a difference?

Some of these symptoms are indeed linked to other health concerns. For example, shortness of breath is often related to cardiovascular disease. Likewise, fever, fatigue, and aches and pains are often associated with seasonal flu. Remember that you should never ignore symptoms such as these.

What are the safety & precautions for the Omicron variant? 

Vaccines continue to be the best public health measure individuals can take to protect themselves and others from all variants of COVID-19. Additionally, vaccines (and subsequent boosters) have been proven to slow transmission and reduce new variants from developing. If you’d like to see COVID eradicated, getting vaccinated is critical.

Is there an Omicron variant COVID-19 vaccine?

While there has not been a vaccine developed to specifically target the Omicron variant, current vaccines will protect against severe illness and reduce hospitalizations and death rates due to the Omicron variant. Remember that breakthrough infection may still occur, resulting in the previously mentioned symptoms, but the doctors and teams at Express ER can provide emergency room treatment in Abilene. The key takeaway is never to ignore symptoms or wait until the last minute to search for an ER near you. Express ER is here to provide emergency care for all types of medical concerns in Abilene.

Why is it still recommended that I need to continue to wear a mask if I’ve been fully vaccinated? 

According to health professionals worldwide, individuals who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected — even if they are fully vaccinated and received their booster shot(s). Additionally, wearing a mask will maximize protection and prevent the spreading of COVID-19 (and its ensuing variants). If you’d like to see COVID eradicated to prevent your need to seek emergency treatment in Abilene, wearing a mask is as critical as being fully vaccinated.

I’m experiencing one or more of the symptoms listed above. Should I be concerned that It’s COVID?

As mentioned in a previous answer, any medical or health distress warrants emergency medical attention. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you can get the help you need at Express ER in Abilene.

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