SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529 (Omicron), first reported to WHO on November 24, 2021, has been designated a variant of concern. Mutations in Omicron might increase transmissibility, confer resistance to therapeutics, or partially escape infection- or vaccine-induced immunity.
While Delta remains the dominant strain in the U.S. at this time, cases of the new variant are expected to ‘dramatically increase’ during the Christmas holidays.
Differing slightly differ from the well-known trio of ‘fever, cough and loss of smell’, the five Omicron symptoms to watch out for are:
- Night sweats
- Scratchy throat
- Dry cough
- Mild muscle aches
The Madison Free Clinic remains committed to helping protect the health of our community. We are pleased to offer rapid PCR tests at no cost for persons age 5 and up who live or work in Madison County. Please give us a call at 540-948-3667 to schedule an appointment (no walk-ins, please).
Need a 1st, 2nd, or booster vaccine? Please visit https://www.vaccines.gov/ to find a location near you.