Omicron: What We Know About New COVID Variant

Omicron: What We Know About New COVID Variant

Jan 18, 2022

As many scientists and health professionals predicted, new variants of the original COVID-19 virus will continue to appear, as evidenced by the newest Omicron variant. And although this variant is relatively new, which means a lot is still unknown about it, there are a few known facts. Most noteworthy is that the new COVID-19 Omicron variant symptoms mimic the original virus. These include:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue
  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

Please note that many of the above new COVID-19 Omicron variant symptoms could also indicate other health concerns, so early testing is always recommended. If you want to receive quick diagnosis and treatment protocol for your symptoms, emergency treatment in Baytown is available at Altus Emergency Centers.

Safety & Precautions for Omicron Variant

Although there is no designation of a specific Omicron variant vaccine as of this writing, you should follow the same safety & precautions for the Omicron variant that we recommend for COVID-19 in general. Following these precautions can lessen your risk of needing medical care. The starting point to protect yourself from this variant and others is to receive a vaccination against it. After that, adhere to social distancing, wear a face mask, and wash your hands regularly. Remember, getting vaccinated could not only save your life, but it could save the life of someone you love.

Treatment from an Emergency Room Near You

If you are experiencing symptoms like those already mentioned and searching for emergency treatment in Baytown without an Omicron variant COVID-19 vaccine, you may want to consider COVID antibody infusion treatment. Monoclonal antibody therapy has been approved for use by the FDA under their Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) guidelines. It is available as emergency treatment in Baytown at Altus Emergency Centers.

COVID antibody infusion is administered intravenously or via an injection under the skin in our Baytown emergency room. Our ER doctors will determine if you’ll receive the antibody infusion or the injection depending on your needs.

Have You Been Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 or a Variant?

Suppose you’re experiencing mild coronavirus disease symptoms or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19 (or any of its variants). In that case, we invite you to visit us at Altus Emergency Center to receive testing or start COVID antibody infusion therapy today. You can check in online to ensure that your visit to our ER near you is even more seamless. In addition to antibody treatment, you can also be tested for COVID-19 with either a SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 antibody test or a SARSCOV2 COVID19 PCR test.

 

The takeaway from the above information is that even if you’ve already been vaccinated for COVID-19, which is recommended as your first course of action to protect yourself and others, you may still experience symptoms of the Omicron variant. But instead of continuing to search for an “ER near me” online, you can receive the testing you need for the new COVID-19 Omicron variant 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at our emergency care center in Baytown.

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