Patients coming down with an Omicron infection have so far recorded mild, cold-like symptoms including fever, cough, runny nose and body pain, says Dr. Pavan Yadav, Lead Consultant – Interventional Pulmonology and Lung Transplantation, Aster RV Hospital, J.P. Nagar, Bengaluru. According to the doctor, most cases are being managed at the OPD level and admissions to the hospital due to drop in oxygen levels are lesser compared to first and second waves.
However, Dr Yadav cautions people with multiple comorbidities, on immuno-suppressants and the elderly against the variant and urges them to take extra care.
Dr Rajender Saini, Consultant – Pulmonology, Manipal Hospital, Ghaziabad, is of the opinion that no matter how mild the symptoms of Omicron are, one must not let their guard down. “It is too early to predict the severity of the variant and assume that it will continue to be mild in the coming days,” he says.