With omicron, it may be harder to tell if you have COVID, the common cold or flu

Several factors are contributing to the blurring of symptoms among viruses


December 30, 2021

Craig Hudson For The Washington Post

A coronavirus testing site in Farragut Square in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 21.

It starts with a sneeze, maybe a sniffle.

You think to yourself, it's just mild allergies or a minor cold. You're not worried about COVID-19, because the symptoms don't match up with the distinct, often severe indicators of COVID-19: joint aches, violent coughing, a fever or chill, and the dreaded loss of ability to taste or smell.

But with the omicron variant now the dominant strain in the United States infecting the unvaccinated and fully inoculated alike, health experts warn the symptoms that previously helped people to gauge whether they had a cold, flu or COVID-19 are no longer the useful marker they once were.



Reader Comments(1)

Mindawe writes:

Not very deadly if you can't tell the difference between omicron and the common cold. Psst. Guess what? Cold and fluviruses have always been Corona viruses. Just take a look at any medical dictionary. The more poisonous jabs distributed, the higher the rate of infection is. Stop this madness! Everyone is marching willingly to their own genocide!


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