Exhaustion and lower back pain; Are you missing out checking these Omicron symptoms?

Jennifer E. Engen
Good Morning America’s co anchor Amy Robach recently shared having a COVID breakthrough infection from the Omicron variant and how she missed the symptoms: exhaustion and lower back pain. In her Instagram post, she talks about how she missed these early Omicron symptoms and assumed it to be due to hard training runs.

Amy Robach’s social media post is flooded with well wishes and appreciations and with this arises a question: are we all doing the same?

Exhaustion and lower back pain are few of the many problems human beings have learned to survive with. While these are underlying conditions in many diseases, reports of their association with COVID-19 is somewhat new to us.

As the coronavirus is evolving, so are its symptoms in human beings.

At this point of time, the Omicron variant is the dominant strain of the coronavirus and is responsible for the majority of the COVID-19 infections caused worldwide. “Omicron is rapidly replacing Delta everywhere, with faster replacement effects than ever seen before in the pandemic,” the WHO says.

This super-spreader variant of COVID-19 is known to cause breakthrough infections as well.

“Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant. However, breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are likely to occur. With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. The recent emergence of Omicron further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said.

Vaccines remain to be the highest level of protection against the virus.

“Although breakthrough infections after vaccination are also more common with Omicron than previous variants, vaccination continues to protect well against severe illness,” says a report from Harvard Medical School.

It is therefore very important to get tested for COVID-19 and not ignore it assuming that the Omicron variant is the milder variant of the virus. Though reports have suggested it to be a mild variant, it is capable of causing infections and should not be ignored at any cost.

A WHO report released on January 17 says Omicron shows significant increase in growth rate; increased risk of a close contact becoming a secondary case; and increase in observed number of people infected by index case compared to Delta.

Going with the infection rate and the occurrence of breakthrough infections, it is very important to keep an eye on the functioning of the body and get proper treatment as soon as any symptom shows.

As per a report, fatigue or exhaustion is one of the most common symptoms of Omicron induced COVID-19 though the occurrence of muscle pain or body pain is seen in fewer individuals.

The other common symptoms associated with the Omicron COVID-19 infection are: runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing, mild fever, scratchy throat, extreme body pain, night sweats, vomiting and loss of appetite.


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