Omicron Variant: A doctor reveals the newest way to tell the difference between COVID-19, the flu and the common cold
The omicron variant of the coronavirus is surging through the United States. It comes at a time when the flu and the common cold are also common throughout the country, raising questions about how to distinguish between each of the sicknesses.
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, former Detroit health director, recently told CNN that there is an easy way to determine the difference.
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He said to think about your exposure risk — if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, your symptoms could be COVID-19.
Loss of smell and loss of taste are COVID-19-specific symptoms that often mean you’re infected with the coronavirus.
The omicron variant often leads to a headache.
Dr. Lisa Barrett, an infectious disease specialist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, told Yahoo! News that a COVID-19 test can help you determine the difference between the common cold and COVID-19. That fits with what El-Sayed said.