The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading across the world at a fast pace. The variant has spread in 77 countries.
Scientists across the globe are constantly putting efforts to understand the characteristics and features of Omicron, which is considered to be highly resistant to existing vaccines.
Results of a few researchers have shown that the symptoms of Omicron is less severe than that of the other variants of Covid-19.
A scratchy throat might be the most common symptom of the Omicron.
The chief executive of South Africa-based Discovery Health recently said at a briefing that doctors have noted a slightly different set of symptoms among those testing positive.
The most common early sign was a scratchy throat, said CEO Dr. Ryan Noach, followed by nasal congestion, a dry cough and myalgia manifesting in lower back pain.
A leading British health expert also concurred with Dr Noach and said that preliminary data suggests Omicron is behaving "rather differently" as compared to previous strains of coronavirus.Dr. Noach added that in most cases, these symptoms are mild.
A leading British health expert also concurred with Dr. Noach and said that preliminary data suggests Omicron is behaving "rather differently" as compared to previous strains of coronavirus.
"The symptoms people get from this particular virus are different to the previous variants," Sir John Bell told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday, adding that stuffy nose, sore throat, myalgia and loose stools are the symptoms to look out for.
In India, the countrywide tally of Omicron cases reached 87 on Thursday as three states " Karnataka, Telangana and Gujarat " and national capital Delhi reported fresh cases.
Karnataka reported five new cases of the heavily mutated variant, while Delhi and Telangana registered four such new infections, and Gujarat saw a single case.
So far, 11 states and union territories have reported Omicron infections - Maharashtra has seen 32 such cases, Rajasthan has reported 17, Delhi has 10, Karnataka has seen eight infections, Gujarat and Kerala both have reported five, Telangana six, and one case each has been reported in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh and Tamil Nadu.