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What We Know About the Symptoms — and the Severity — of the Omicron Variant



Electron microscope image of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19. (NIAID-RML via AP)
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When it was discovered, omicron alarmed scientists.

With infections at all-time highs in the U.S., the clinical picture is now coming together and starting to confirm what other countries have found — a typical case of omicron not only presents slightly differently but also likely carries a lower chance of getting seriously ill.

But as with any variant of SARS-CoV-2, your absolute risk depends on many factors, including whether you’re vaccinated and boosted, your age, your overall health and your economic situation.

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