About COVID-19

The five most common Omicron symptoms

Without testing, it’s impossible to distinguish the type of COVID a person has, or, depending on symptoms if they are suffering from a cold or other respiratory viruses.

However, the most common circulating virus right now is the Omicron variant, and any “common cold” is likely to be this.

Omicron symptoms are predominantly cold symptoms, so people should stay at home until tested. The five most common Omicron COVID-related symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat

Symptomatic people should stay at home and away from others and get tested.

Severe symptoms

In addition to the common symptoms listed above, people with COVID-19 may experience more severe symptoms. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the following symptoms, please seek emergency medical care right away:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Discoloration of the lips or face
  • Persistent chest pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Loss of consciousness or inability to stay awake

Prevention

COVID-19 spreads easily from person to person, especially during close contact. Follow these steps to protect yourself and others:

  • Stay home when you are sick
    If you become sick with or without a positive test, assume you have COVID-19 and take steps to protect those around you.
    • Isolate away from others for at least five days, per CDC guidance, staying in a separate room and using a separate bathroom if possible.
    • Stay hydrated, rest, and using over the counter medications may relieve some of your symptoms.
    • Call your provider for advice if you are high risk for severe disease and make a plan if your symptoms get worse.
    • Wear a well-fitting mask everywhere, including among household members, for the full 10 days.
    • Avoid contact with people who are at risk for severe disease if you can, for the full 10 days
  • Get vaccinated
    Vaccinations are the best way to prevent COVID-19, and now anyone aged 5 and older can get a vaccine. Even if you have had COVID-19, experts recommend you should still get vaccinated for maximum protection. Find out how to get a vaccine.
  • Get a booster
    Booster shots help people maintain their immunity longer and protect against new variants; and now are recommended to everyone age 5 and older.  Find out how to get a booster.
  • Practice social distancing
    Maintaining distance between yourself and others protects against the spread of COVID-19. If you are not vaccinated, avoid crowded indoor places and gatherings where it is not possible to maintain distancing.

Treatment

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy

  • Two of the three monoclonal antibody treatments do not appear to thwart Omicron
  • Many local providers have already discontinued the use of mAb
  • Clackamas County Health Centers paused the use of mAb Jan. 7th.
  • Only Strotovimab has performed well against Omicron — this is for already hospitalized very high risk patient, and supply is very limited for now.
  • Regeneron and Eli Lilly say they are developing monoclonal antibodies for Omicron, but it will be months before they are ready for use.

Antiviral Pills

  • Regulators have recently authorized an antiviral pill from Pfizer
  • Pfizer’s treatment, Paxlovid, has been found to be highly effective and likely to work against Omicron (supplies of antivirals will be limited at first)
  • We are seeking information from state and federal partners on when this be available on Oregon

Monoclonal antibody therapy and antiviral pills do not take the place of a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent getting sick with COVID-19.

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Close contact as defined by the CDC is being within approximately 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more while they are infectious. It also means having direct contact with secretions from a person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed or sneezed on).

Close contact with an infected person poses the highest risk of disease spread. That includes:

  • Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19
  • Caring for a sick person with COVID-19
  • Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time
  • Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed on, kissing or sharing utensils)

People can be exposed to COVID-19 without knowing it. That is why it’s important to take precautions whenever you are around people outside your household.

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If you get sick with cold-like symptoms, fever, cough or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are very mild), you may have COVID-19. You should stay at home and away from other people and consider getting tested. If you have any of the following conditions that may increase your risk for a serious infection (age 60 years or older, pregnancy or medical conditions), tell your healthcare provider you were exposed and describe your symptoms. They may want to monitor your health more closely or test you for COVID-19.

If you do not have a high-risk condition but want medical advice, call your healthcare provider and tell them you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and describe your symptoms. Your healthcare provider can help you decide if you need to be evaluated in person. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify them that you may have been exposed to COVID-19. If possible, put on a mask.

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You should closely monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 for five days after your exposure. Consider getting tested at 5–7 days or when you develop symptoms.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Close contact as defined by the CDC is being within approximately 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more while they are infectious. It also means having direct contact with secretions from a person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed or sneezed on).

Close contact with an infected person poses the highest risk of disease spread. That includes:

  • Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19
  • Caring for a sick person with COVID-19
  • Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time
  • Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed on, kissing or sharing utensils)

People can be exposed to COVID-19 without knowing it. That is why it’s important to take precautions whenever you are around people outside your household.

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If you get sick with cold-like symptoms, fever, cough or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are very mild), you may have COVID-19. You should stay at home and away from other people and consider getting tested. If you have any of the following conditions that may increase your risk for a serious infection (age 60 years or older, pregnancy or medical conditions), tell your healthcare provider you were exposed and describe your symptoms. They may want to monitor your health more closely or test you for COVID-19.

If you do not have a high-risk condition but want medical advice, call your healthcare provider and tell them you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and describe your symptoms. Your healthcare provider can help you decide if you need to be evaluated in person. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify them that you may have been exposed to COVID-19. If possible, put on a mask.

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You should closely monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 for five days after your exposure. Consider getting tested at 5–7 days or when you develop symptoms.

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