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What are the symptoms of Omicron BA.5? How do you treat them, including a covid sore throat?

While a sore throat has always been a symptom of Covid, experts said that it is becoming more common and sometimes more severe with the BA.5 subvariant of Omicron now, the dominant strain of Covid in the United States. To soothe an aching throat, “the best approaches are typically what grandma would advise,” said Dr. Michelle Prickett, a pulmonology and critical care specialist at Northwestern Medicine. Staying hydrated is crucial for alleviating inflammation in the throat, she said. If you don’t want to stick with water, you can substitute a sports drink like Gatorade. People should aim for 1.5 litres of water, or six to eight glasses each day ideally while eating small meals throughout the day instead of three big meals to avoid dehydration and other complications caused by too little fluid intake, said Dr. Abhijit Duggal, a pulmonologist at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Prickett recommends that people mix about a teaspoon of table salt in warm water and gargle with the solution every few hours. Patients may also use topical anesthetics, like lozenges or cough drops, which can help numb the throat. Over-the-counter decongestants can counter the other cold like symptoms of Covid, said Dr. Prickett; however, you also need to support your immune system so you can clear the virus. People sick with BA.5 should avoid alcohol; however, they should take care of themselves by resting as much as possible. “The key is really rest,” Dr. Prickett said.”

A study of COVID-19 patients in the United Kingdom has found that loss of taste and smell were no longer among the most telling symptoms of the virus.

After that, 37% reported a cough with phlegm, 35% a hoarse voice, and 32% sneezing.Only 27% reported fatigue, 13% altered smell, 11% shortness of breath, and 10% loss of smell. Loss of smell was ranked 20th among reported symptoms.In early 2015, the REACT study found that loss of smell and taste were among the most distinct symptoms of COVID infection. The study was developed by Imperial College London and sent randomly selected people swab tests to do at home monthly; it then asked them about their symptoms.

The symptoms may have changed because the coronavirus has mutated since the start of the pandemic, according to a study published in May in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. In that study, researchers reported that rates of smell and taste loss were 17% for Omicron, compared with 44% for Delta and 50% for Alpha. However, evidence points to a renewal in loss of smell among people infected with BA4 and BA5 variants.

Valentina Parma, PhD, a psychologist at the Monell Chemical Senses Centre in Philadelphia, said more COVID patients have been reporting a loss of their sense of smell. “What I am seeing in my corner of the world is a spike,” she told NBC News. “There seems to be more requests than earlier this year but still significantly less than with Delta.”

Common symptoms of coronavirus

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fever low 
  • Muscle aches
  • Difficulty smelling or tasting (a common side effect of viruses because they attack the cells that our noses and brains use to detect scent, which enhances our sense of taste)
  • Headache
  • More elevated fever
  • Diarrhoea and/or stomach upset
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Inability to rouse from sleep or a resting state or mental confusion

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