Most Omicron cases clearing out within 3 days: Dr Nikhil Modi

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Dr Nikhil Modi

Rohit Shishodia

Most cases of the Omicron variant of Coronavirus are clearing out within two to three days and can be managed at home. There are no long COVID19 like symptoms in Omicron, Dr Nikhil Modi, Senior Consultant at the Department of Respiratory Critical care and Sleep Medicine of Apollo Hospitals, Delhi, said.

“Definitely Omicron is mild. Most mild cases of the variant start settling in two to three days. It is not like long COVID. Common symptoms of Omicron include sore throat, fever with chills, a little cough and headache,” Dr Modi said while speaking to DTMT on December 6, 2021.

“Hospitalisation is being noted among elders with existing ailments such as hypertension, diabetes and heart diseases. Cases of children getting COVID19 have increased but no child with COVID19 has been admitted at Apollo Hospitals till now,” he added.

He further said that those who are vaccinated as well as have earlier contracted COVID19 during the first and second wave are getting the infection this time too.

Dr Nikhil stressed that there is no room for complacency against COVID19. People should take full precautions to prevent any exposure to the virus.

He said that the number of people who seek online consultation has sharply increased, but there are not many admissions unlike the second wave when more than 50% of wards were full of patients.

He pointed out earlier around five to six per cent of patients needed admissions but if the cases increase at the current pace and if we assume it as mild then there would also be a rise of sick patients too and the rise of cases would be difficult to manage considering the strength of our resources,” Dr Modi remarked.


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