The Omicron variant of the coronavirus was detected in November in Africa and in less than 2 months it spread throughout the world. There is evidence to show that Omicron has a substantial growth advantage over the Delta variant. Regarding its community transmission, Ómicron has a doubling time of between 2 and 3 days.
If a person is infected with the Omicron variant today, they should be aware of how long the infection lasts and that it can infect others.
Every time a person becomes infected, there is an incubation period, which is the time between infection by the virus and the appearance of symptoms of the disease. With COVID-19 there are cases of people who get the infection but have no symptoms.
How long does omicrom incubate in the body
Since the start of the pandemic, it has been considered that the incubation period for coronavirus infection can range from 1 to 14 days, and on average around 5 days. For this reason, people who had been in close contact with a confirmed case were required to self-isolate for more than 10 days. In the case of the flu, on the other hand, the incubation period is 2 days on average and ranges between 1 and 7.
With Omicron, the incubation period is two to three days.
The most frequent symptoms
They are fever of 37.5°C, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, rhinitis/nasal congestion, muscle pain, headache, diarrhea or vomiting. Sudden loss of taste or smell may also occur. In these cases, you must isolate yourself and consult the health system of the locality where the person is.
When does the affected person stop spreading the virus?
“Today, based on the available evidence, it is known that 97% of people with COVID-19 stop transmitting the coronavirus. after 7 days from symptom onset. This change is due to the fact that the Ómicron variant is circulating and that a greater proportion of the population is already fully vaccinated. By being vaccinated, the risk of that person infecting the virus if they become infected is reduced, ”explained Dr. Javier Farina, member of the Argentine Society of Infectious Diseases (SADI) and head of infectology at the Cuenca High Complexity Hospital, to Infobae. Alta, in Cañuelas, province of Buenos Aires.
It means that about seven days after symptoms appear, most people will no longer be contagious. That will happen as long as they no longer have symptoms.
In the event that the person has the virus but does not present symptoms, that is, that it is an asymptomatic case, it is considered that it stops spreading the virus after 7 days of having performed the PCR, said Dr. Farina.