The BA.5 variant of Omicron and its related strains and sub strains are the dominant ones in our country within a few weeks. Christmas is just around the corner. In fact, one of the things that worries experts the most is that BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 are sub-variants that are growing faster.
Although it is assumed that these strains will exceed 50% of covid infections It spreads easily in Europe at the end of this month and in December and the development of the disease is milder than in previous variants.
However, there are concerns about the advent of the holidays, which translate into more outings and social gatherings, a viable breeding ground for the unrestricted circulation of the virus. Therefore, more and more people are wondering What has changed in Covid or what is the protocol of action compared to previous variants? if we are infected.
What are the symptoms and how long do they last?
The main symptoms of Covid are:
- Fever or chills.
- Difficulty breathing (feeling short of breath).
- Muscle and body aches.
- Recent loss of smell or taste.
- Throat ache.
- Congestion or runny nose.
- Nausea or vomiting.
According to El Heraldo, both BA.4 and BA.5 variantsAs the first studies on BQ.1 they have two things in common: first, symptoms are slightly shorter in duration according to old variants (average from two to four days); and second, which less severe diseasedue to the decrease in intensive care unit admissions due to infection complications.
What should I do if my test is positive?
last month March Public Health Committee decided to lift almost all restrictions. From then on, while quarantine is not mandatory for positives, Health continues to recommend minimizing contacts within seven days to reduce incidence.
mask relatedIt is recommended for use on infected people when going out in public. In addition, despite the criticism of companies such as Iberia, which argues that it is not necessary and that this rule should be abolished, it continues to be mandatory in public transportation vehicles and vehicles such as airplanes.
But above all if symptoms worsenIt is recommended that you go to a medical center or report it at the telephone number active in each autonomous community, which can be contacted via this link. Health authorities recommend taking paracetamol to control fever, drink fluids and rest.
Covid at work: do I have to go? will they drop me
Already Staying at home is not mandatory Even if there is a positive situation, it will be possible to go to the workplace face to face. Health advocates the use of remote work to avoid further infection or put people from vulnerable groups at risk, so each case will depend on the job position.
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On the other hand, automatic cancellations due to Covid have disappeared and now the relevant case needs to be reviewed by the GP. If there is a more serious pictureIt will be the doctor who determines the start and end date for sick leave due to Covid.
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