As the omicron version of COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, emergency rooms are filling up again, and one well-known New York City doctor says what they’re witnessing now is very different from the past two years of the pandemic.
This year’s outbreak is different than previous ones, according to Dr. Craig Spencer, a Manhattan emergency room physician, who took to Twitter late Monday night.
“Everybody seemed to be carrying COVID today, at least from what I could tell. So many, in fact. There were also some who were extremely out of breath and in desperate need of oxygen, as was the case previously. COVID, on the other hand, seemed to sabotage the delicate equilibrium of an underlying sickness for many. It’s making people ill in a new way, and it’s not good “Spencer penned a message to the community.
Omicron Symptoms in Adults
An elderly person who was too feeble to get out of bed because they were sick was another example provided by Spencer in his presentation.
“Patients who have taken every precaution to avoid contracting the virus, and for whom an infection could have serious consequences, are now more likely to be found in the same beds as those infected with COVID. Chemotherapy is being administered to this cancer patient. Those who are immunocompromised or otherwise seriously ill, “said Spencer.
He admitted that the omicron variety appears to be less harmful than the delta type that ravaged the country in the summer of 2013. It doesn’t matter as much for hospitals now because there are so many more patients afflicted.
“As a result of the sheer volume of the problem, patients are affected in numerous ways. As a result, even if just a small number of patients need to be admitted to the hospital, the influx might be enormous “Spencer sent a tweet.
For Omicron, Swabbing the Throat
It was only recently that Spencer, the Columbia University-affiliated ER doctor in Manhattan who first became famous on Twitter for his constant updates on the virus’s progress, released an extensive analysis of the symptoms he and his colleagues have seen in omicron cases.
“Patients who have received a third ‘booster’ dosage of Covid have all reported modest side effects. I’m referring to a sore throat when I say minor. There’s a lot of a sore throat around here. There may also be some exhaustion and possibly some muscle soreness. Breathing is not a problem. There’s no panting or wheezing. Quite uneasy, but not a big deal “Spencer penned an article.
According to your vaccination status, things go downhill from there.
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One of the most current COVID testing arguments has to do with whether or not the omicron form of this virus is more prevalent in certain places of the body than prior strains.
Tweets about the #SwabYourThroat trend started when persons with symptoms reported that they had tested negative on quick antigen tests with nose swabs but had come up positive after doing the same test again with a throat swab.
The fad gained traction after a biologist at University College London tweeted on December 27 that she’d tested negative for the virus multiple times before swabbing her throat for positive results.
Even though the UK has been providing directions on how to collect at-home throat swabs since early 2020, the FDA and other public health authorities have not yet updated their instructions or recommendations on how to utilize at-home COVID testing, which predominantly rely on nose swabs.