Omicron: How contagious is it?

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Key points

  • Can I get infected even if I have my complete vaccination schedule?
  • Do the symptoms change between one variant and another?
  • What factors could aggravate the disease?

Given the world’s recent concern about the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, it is important to have a first overview of what the mutation of this virus could mean for humanity.

Although we know that this new variant has a high contagion rate according to the first medical data released, it is necessary to mention the importance of having a complete vaccination schedule that has proven to be of great help to the population by reducing the severity of the disease.

Different factors increase the severity of the disease and even the mortality rate in any of its variants, such as chronic diseases, untreated conditions, or patients with comorbidities.

Regarding the specific symptoms of patients infected by Omicron, it is known that they may have a runny nose, cough, sore throat, headache, and body aches. It is important to mention that people who have already fallen ill with COVID-19 may be prone to this new variant, as also those who do not have any vaccine dose.

For this reason, the medical community has pointed out that the third dose, as a preventive reinforcement, is a key to protecting ourselves against the uncertainty of this mutation and emphasizing maintaining safety protocols:

  • Use of a mask covering mouth and nose.
  • Hand hygiene, avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Social distancing avoiding crowded places.
  • Keep spaces with a healthy distance and well ventilated.

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