When it comes to COVID-19, nothing has been easy, and all the variants are no exception. Keeping up with the ever-changing names, symptoms, and effects can be quite confusing. In this post, we’ll spell out exactly which symptoms go with which variants, so you’ll know what to be on the lookout for when a variant spreads through your community.
|Variant Name||Reported Symptoms|
|Original COVID-19 strain||
|Omicron BA.1 variant||
|Omicron BA.4 variant||
|Omicron BA.5 variant*||
*most recent variant
Analyzing the Symptoms
As we review the progression of COVID-19 symptoms as new variants have emerged, some trends become apparent. First, the more recent variants are less severe overall and have required fewer patient hospitalizations. This is likely due to the fact that most people at this point have acquired some immunity by either being vaccinated or contracting COVID-19 (or one of its variants). This has led to fewer infections overall, and less severe symptoms when the infection does occur.
Protecting Yourself From COVID-19
No matter which variant is currently spreading, you can take measures to protect yourself and your family from infection. Frequent handwashing, wearing a mask when around other people, and getting vaccinated are the best ways to prevent a COVID-19 infection. For more information, check out the CDC’s page on COVID-19 prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.
COVID-19 Testing, Treatment, and Vaccines in Tampa Bay
Here at TLC Medical Care in Tampa Bay, we have all the resources and tools necessary to identify a COVID-19 infection, treat the symptoms, and provide long-term care. We even offer same-day, walk-in vaccinations! Call us at (813) 874-1852 or schedule an appointment online today!