Omicron Variant Symptoms: The Difference Between Unvaccinated and Vaccinated

The omicron variant continues to rise across the United States, striking both unvaccinated and vaccinated people. But the symptoms of the omicron variant may not always be the same.

Why is this important: As the omicron variant continues to cross the country, it’s important for people to know what symptoms to expect if they become infected.

What there is to know: According to Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, the biggest difference in symptoms of the omicron variant between unvaccinated and fully vaccinated individuals comes down to severity.

  • “There is little systematic data so far, but I expect that many vaccinated and particularly boosted people will show very mild symptoms and that there will be a higher proportion of vaccinated people who show no symptoms “, he said, according to KSN.com.
  • Vaccinated people often experience symptoms of the omicron variant for less time as well, Chin-Hong said.
  • Those who are fully vaccinated will have symptoms for one or two days, while the unvaccinated will see symptoms for five or more days.

Yes, but: It’s important to remember that having “mild” symptoms of COVID-19 does not mean your experience will be a walk in the park, as I reported for the Deseret News.

  • “The big question is whether or not you’re able to recover at home,” Carl Lambert Jr., a Chicago-based family physician, told HuffPost.
  • “Light isn’t always so sweet,” Dr. William Schaffer, professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University and medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Disease, told ABC News.
  • “If you’re not sick enough to go to hospital, there’s a tendency to fill some of these (everyday) roles,” he added.

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