What Is Omicron Variant: Everything Need to Know | Altius Hospitals

What Is The Omicron Variant, Everything Need to Know

We are learning more every day about the Omicron Variant. For example, the severity of illness caused by this virus has been varying a lot- some people have only experienced fever while others developed bleeding organs or even respiratory failure.

The Spread Of Omicron Variant

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is more contagious than its predecessor, and the Delta version can also be passed on without symptoms. Experts say that any person infected with either virus will likely infect others unless they are vaccinated against it or manage to escape infection themselves.

Virus spreading
Virus symptoms

Omicron Symptoms—Symptoms Of Omicron

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is similar to other variants, in terms of symptoms. The presence and severity of symptoms are affected by a person’s vaccinated status, as well their age or history if they have been previously infected with this virus.

Severe Illness

Although the risk for severe disease is higher with this variant, it’s possible to contract an infection and not need hospitalization. If you’re concerned about your health or want peace of mind knowing that there are steps taken in case something goes wrong then contact our team today!


COVID-19 vaccines are still the best way to protect yourself from COVID. This includes primary series, booster shots for those who need them as well an additional dose if needed.

It is not yet clear how well COVID-19 vaccines work to prevent infection from omicron. Current versions of this vaccine appear effective at preventing severe illness and deaths due only Omicron variant, but they may not provide complete protection against all


Scientists are hard at work trying to figure out how well existing treatments for COVID-19 work, but it is not yet clear which ones will be most effective. 

We have the Tools to Fight Omicron


The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is by getting vaccinated and staying up with the latest vaccines. CDC recommends that everyone 5 years old or older get a vaccine, especially those who are 12 years old. 

Everyone should also be sure they keep their immunizations updated as often needed because it only takes one change in the lineage for an entire population’s immunity level to go down significantly—which leaves them vulnerable again!


Well-fitting masks offer protection against all variants.  In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors unless they are sick or caring for someone who has COVID -19. If you have either situation and would like some peace of mind that your loved one is protected too, then get yourself a mask.


COVID-19 is a virus that can be tested for with two types of tests. If you have COVID 19, it’s important to get tested. 

If you have any of the symptoms of Omicron, contact a medical professional immediately and get tested.