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Doctors say they're finding it increasingly difficult to distinguish Covid from allergies or the common cold, even as hospitalizations tick up.

The illness' past hallmarks, such as a dry cough or the loss of sense of taste or smell, have become less common. Instead, doctors are observing milder disease, mostly concentrated in the upper respiratory tract.


"It isnít the same typical symptoms that we were seeing before. Itís a lot of congestion, sometimes sneezing, usually a mild sore throat," said Dr. Erick Eiting, vice chair of operations for emergency medicine at Mount Sinai Downtown in New York City.

The sore throat usually arrives first, he said, then congestion.

The Zoe COVID Symptom Study, which collects data on self-reported symptoms in the U.K. through smartphone apps, has documented the same trend. Its findings suggest that a sore throat became more common after the omicron variant grew dominant in late 2021. Loss of smell, by contrast, became less widespread, and the rate of hospital admissions declined compared to summer and fall 2021.

Doctors now describe a clearer, more consistent pattern of symptoms.

"Just about everyone who I've seen has had really mild symptoms," Eiting said of his urgent care patients, adding, "The only way that we knew that it was Covid was because we happened to be testing them."

How do Covid symptoms progress?

Though three doctors interviewed said Covid commonly begins with a sore throat these days, they gave differing descriptions of the severity.

Dr. Grace McComsey, vice dean for clinical and tr@nslational research at Case Western University, said some patients have described "a burning sensation like they never had, even with strep in the past."

"Then, as soon as the congestion happens, it seems like the throat gets better," she said.

Along with congestion, doctors said, some patients experience a headache, fatigue, muscle aches, fever, chills or post-nasal drip that may lead to a cough ó though coughing isn't a primary symptom.

McComsey said fatigue and muscle aches usually last a couple of days, whereas congestion can sometimes last a few weeks.

She estimated that only around 10-20% of her Covid patients lose their sense of taste or smell now, compared to around 60-70% early in the pandemic.

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Eiting said he's not seeing a lot of diarrhea lately, either ó a more common symptom in the past.

For the most part, the doctors said, few patients require hospitalization ó even those who show up at emergency rooms ó and many recover without needing the antiviral pill Paxlovid or other treatment.

"Especially since July, when this recent mini-surge started, younger people that have upper respiratory symptoms ó cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever and chills ó 99% of the time they go home with supportive care," said Dr. Michael Daignault, an emergency physician at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California.

Why Covid seems milder now

Dr. Dan Barouch, director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, attributed the mild symptoms that doctors are seeing to immunity from vaccines and previous infections.

"Overall, the severity of Covid is much lower than it was a year ago and two years ago. Thatís not because the variants are less robust. Itís because the immune responses are higher," Barouch said.

Other doctors think that omicron itself also changed the presentation of Covid symptoms, since some studies have shown that early versions of it werenít as good as previous variants at infecting the lungs.

The most prevalent subvariant circulating now is EG.5, followed by a strain called FL.1.5.1. Together, those two appear to be driving an uptick in Covid infections, though scientists are also watching BA.2.86, a variant with a large number of mutations that looks significantly different from previous versions of omicron. Though cases of BA.2.86 are rising in the U.S., it isnít among the top variants circulating.

Barouch said the new booster shots should be effective against those three strains and others.

Who is being hospitalized?

The U.S. is recording around 19,000 Covid hospitalizations per week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The weekly average rose around 80% from early August to the beginning of September.

Hospitalization rates are highest among people ages 75 and up, followed by babies under 6 months and adults ages 65 to 74. Most people hospitalized for Covid since January had not received a bivalent booster, according to the CDC.

Older people in particular may have waning immunity if they havenít been infected or vaccinated recently, Daignault said.


"Thatís why the priority should be to vaccinate that particular group of patients with the fall booster," he said.

Daignault said emergency rooms generally arenít seeing the shortness of breath, low oxygen rates or viral pneumonia that led some patients to be put on oxygen tubes or ventilators in the past.

Instead, he said, the typical Covid patients hospitalized in Burbank are older and suffering dehydration, loss of appetite, weakness or fatigue.

What does long Covid look like now?

A study published this month found that long Covid rates declined once omicron became the dominant variant. Researchers donít know if milder disease contributed to that trend, or if population immunity was largely responsible.

But McComsey ó a principal investigator for the National Institutes of Healthís RECOVER Initiative, which studies long Covid ó said she's still seeing new cases of long Covid. Rapid heart rate and exercise intolerance are among the most common lingering symptoms, she said.

Each re-infection brings a risk of long Covid, McComsey added, so she doesn't think people should ignore the current rise in infections.


"What weíre seeing in long Covid clinics is not just the older strains that continue to be symptomatic and not getting better ó weíre adding to that number with the new strain as well," McComsey said. "Thatís why Iím not taking this new wave any less seriously."
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 2 weeks ago '20        #2
Blafy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x14
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 2 weeks ago '22        #3
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 2 weeks ago '17        #4
Ymmot  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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This is a good thing if covid becomes weaker and stays that way, it's a bad thing if covid has long term damaging effects on the body.
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 2 weeks ago '07        #5
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 HERMES said 🔗

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 2 weeks ago '10        #6
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 Ymmot said 🔗
This is a good thing if covid becomes weaker and stays that way, it's a bad thing if covid has long term damaging effects on the body.
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 2 weeks ago '22        #7
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 Ymmot said 🔗
This is a good thing if covid becomes weaker and stays that way, it's a bad thing if covid has long term damaging effects on the body.
You keep believing that nonsense and live in fear the rest of your life like the puppet you are, sissy boy.
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 2 weeks ago '17        #8
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Can't be distinguished from a common cold

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 2 weeks ago '11        #9
stashsoprano 
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and youll still have lab rat f@ggots making every excuse in the book, no matter being wrong for literally 3 years now.

bu bu bu bu its not like a cold.......bu bu bu bu its not like a flu.....bu bu bu bu bu bu

shut the fu#k up, you weirdo f@ggots.
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 2 weeks ago '04        #10
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This is a good thing.
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 2 weeks ago '04        #11
bibbyboi 
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 stashsoprano said 🔗
and youll still have lab rat f@ggots making every excuse in the book, no matter being wrong for literally 3 years now.

bu bu bu bu its not like a cold.......bu bu bu bu its not like a flu.....bu bu bu bu bu bu

shut the fu#k up, you weirdo f@ggots.
When people were saying that it wasn't like flu. I wish everyone lived in actually reality.
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 2 weeks ago '04        #12
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It's getting milder, great news for people. Hopefully it's less contagious
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 2 weeks ago '11        #13
stashsoprano 
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 bibbyboi said 🔗
When people were saying that it wasn't like flu. I wish everyone lived in actually reality.
huhhhhh????? right from the very beginning people were saying covid is nothing more than a glorified cold/flu

and over the last 3 years, its been proven to be true...while ret@rds kept fighting over how "deadly" it was. 99.7% survival rate....
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 2 weeks ago '11        #14
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Had super fatigue. I’m talking I was sleepy at 1pm at work barely able to keep my eyes open. Runny nose. And the sorest throat that I’ve ever had in my life.
Sore throat went away then sneezing crazy.
Got tested for Covid and came up negative.

Mind you same symptoms I had when I got Covid a couple years ago
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I don’t know what it was but the test said it wasn’t Covid
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 2 weeks ago '04        #15
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 stashsoprano said 🔗
huhhhhh????? right from the very beginning people were saying covid is nothing more than a glorified cold/flu

and over the last 3 years, its been proven to be true...while ret@rds kept fighting over how "deadly" it was. 99.7% survival rate....
If by glorified you mean similar symptoms but twice as deadly, then yes.
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 2 weeks ago '11        #16
stashsoprano 
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 LilEscobar said 🔗
If by glorified you mean similar symptoms but twice as deadly, then yes.
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yeah twice as deadly, when your f@ggot daddies at WHO and CDC have update the fatality rate to be literally less than 1%

Do you have your mask on right now as you talk to me? Stay 6 feet back homie.
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 2 weeks ago '22        #17
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 2 weeks ago '04        #18
LilEscobar 
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 stashsoprano said 🔗
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yeah twice as deadly, when your f@ggot daddies at WHO and CDC have update the fatality rate to be literally less than 1%

Do you have your mask on right now as you talk to me? Stay 6 feet back homie.
If the mortality rate is 1 percent for covid, it's half of that for the flu. Making covid twice as deadly....
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 2 weeks ago '06        #19
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 stashsoprano said 🔗
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yeah twice as deadly, when your f@ggot daddies at WHO and CDC have update the fatality rate to be literally less than 1%

Do you have your mask on right now as you talk to me? Stay 6 feet back homie.
Why are you so triggered over this?
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Early Covid was dangerous to the already sick or the immunocompromised.
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 2 weeks ago '16        #20
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 HERMES said 🔗
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Theyíll still find a way to spin this, somehowÖ
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 2 weeks ago '19        #21
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stupid people still falling for the psyop.

cowards.


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 2 weeks ago '11        #22
stashsoprano 
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 Storchaveli said 🔗
Why are you so triggered over this?
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Early Covid was dangerous to the already sick or the immunocompromised.
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jesus christ, ANY illness is dangerous to elderly and immunocompromised.

Just like the common cold and flu can take out 93 year old grandma across the street.
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 2 weeks ago '04        #23
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i defer to Bx Virologists
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 2 weeks ago '12        #24
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 Brolicballer13 said 🔗
Had super fatigue. Iím talking I was sleepy at 1pm at work barely able to keep my eyes open. Runny nose. And the sorest throat that Iíve ever had in my life.
Sore throat went away then sneezing crazy.
Got tested for Covid and came up negative.

Mind you same symptoms I had when I got Covid a couple years ago
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I donít know what it was but the test said it wasnít Covid
Damn near the same. Had horrible congestion with a super sore throat like swallowing razors. I took a Covid test and had sh1t all on the swab but came up negative. Developed a cough that got me a script for promethazine and Iím still not 100%. This been goin on for 3 weeks
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We been knowing this since the plandemic started
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