In July, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the Omicron subtype BA.5 was predominant in the country. Experts say that in general, the mutant does not have symptoms that are significantly different from previous versions of Omicron. People infected with BA.5 may experience cough, runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, headache, and muscle aches.
However, according to Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease expert at the University of California, California, people infected with BA.5 are less likely to lose taste and smell or have difficulty breathing than people infected with Delta strains or other strains another variant of nCoV.“Patients describe BA.5 as setting their throats on fire. We were told it was the worst sore throat they had,” said Dr. Chin-Hong.
Dr. Joseph Khabbaza, a pulmonologist at the Cleveland Clinic, says patients tend to experience upper respiratory tract symptoms, from the “larynx to the nose”. According to the stages of Covid-19 with different strains, he has seen many patients with more severe sinus congestion and sore throat test positive for BA.5. Many people think they have a sore throat, with a severe and persistent sore throat.
Research in the UK shows that the most common symptoms of BA.5 infection are runny nose, sore throat, headache, persistent cough and fatigue.
A girl takes off her mask to smell flowers in North Macedonia. Photo: NY Times
People infected with the virus also report very unpleasant symptoms. “If you talk to the average person with Covid-19, they will most likely say it’s the worst they’ve ever had,” said David Souleles, director of the Covid-19 Response Team at the University of California, Berkeley. explain.
Thuc Linh (Theo NY Times)