Medical experts in Japan concerned that omicron symptoms will be mistaken for hay fever

(www.japantimes.co.jp)

This year’s hay fever season has arrived amid the spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant. The symptoms accompanying omicron resemble common symptoms developed in seasonal allergies and may be difficult to distinguish from hay fever, according to virologists and other medical experts.

According to the Japanese Society of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, it has been reported overseas that 73% of patients infected with omicron had symptoms such as a runny nose and 60% were sneezing frequently. Moreover, unlike infections with previously detected coronavirus variants, a loss of taste or smell tend to be rare with the omicron variant.

I’m waiting for an article to come out that says “Waking up before noon is an unmistakable symptom of COVID”.