A massive spike in COVID-19 cases has hit NSW in the past few weeks, mainly due to the sudden presence of the Omicron variant.
Today, 35,054 cases were recorded in New South Wales, 1,491 people are in hospital and 119 people are in ICU.
Omicron was known as a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organisation last year around November and it’s now looking like the most dominant variant leaving thousands of people wondering what signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for.
According to 7 News, NBC News senior medical correspondent Dr. John Torres has mentioned that people infected with previous COVID-19 variants reported cold and flu-like symptoms such as:
Loss of taste and smell
The symptoms pertaining to Omicron appears to be somewhat similar to previous strains with some slight differences:
Runny nose and congestion
Less likely to have a loss of taste or smell
Last Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that the levels of COVID-19 patients being treated in intensive care and on ventilators remained stable despite the rise in cases.
“It’s important that with the rising case numbers, we see that the severeness of this illness is already being shown to be around 75 percent less than what we saw with Delta,” Mr. Morrison told Sunrise on Monday.
“Rising case numbers are part of the Omicron period, it’s part of the new phase of the pandemic we’re in.”