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Which symptoms of the Omicron variant predict COVID-19 infection?

As the COVID-19 variant Omicron continues to spread, how do I know if I have it?

Doctor holding positive COVID-19 test

Here are the top Omicron symptoms that may indicate a COVID-19 infection.


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It is probably more than just a sore throat

Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, Dr. Allison Arwady, said sore throat is a predictor of COVID-19 infection. For people who are experiencing mild breakthrough infections, sore throat seems to be the biggest predictor. More information is available here.

If you are experiencing cold or flu like symptoms, assume you have COVID-19 until proven otherwise.

Arwady says that if you are feeling even a little bit sick to stay home. The only way to prove that your symptoms are not COVID-19 related is through a test.

If you do test positive, the CDC has given guidelines on how to proceed. They said, “quarantine and stay away from others when you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.” It is recommended that you isolate after you’ve tested positive, even if you don’t have symptoms.


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