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COVID-19 Omicron Testing in Asheville, NC

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Symptoms of Omicron in Asheville, NC

What is Omicron COVID-19 Variant?

CommunityLab specializes in COVID-19 testing in Asheville, NC. The new Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads more easily than other variants of the disease but has many of the same symptoms. Our diagnostic laboratory offers information about Omicron and curbside testing. Our non-invasive saliva collection tests and nasal swabs help determine if you are infected with COVID-19. Learn more about the Omicron variant and how to protect yourself from the disease.

What Are the Symptoms of Omicron?

Omicron symptoms may vary between patients. The most common signs of Omicron include:

  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Sneezing
  • Body Aches

Less common symptoms of Omicron include: 

  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Skin rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
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Omicron Symptoms vs. Delta Symptoms

There are minor differences between Omicron and Delta variant symptoms. Most people with Omicron develop a scratchy or sore throat, a dry cough, muscle pain, and nasal congestion. Most people infected with Omicron are less likely to experience a loss of taste and smell compared to the Delta variant. The Omicron variant has a shorter duration and lower risk of hospitalization than Delta for most patients.

Am I Infected with the Omicron Variant?

The only way to know if you are infected with COVID-19 is to take a COVID-19 test. The symptoms of Omicron generally begin with generalized weakness, body aches, fatigue, and headache. Even if you consistently wear a mask, it’s critical to test and quarantine if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

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What Can We Do to Protect Me and Others from Omicron?

It’s critical to test for COVID-19 as soon as you exhibit symptoms or at least five days after exposure to someone with COVID-19. Omicron is a highly transmissible variant, so it’s essential to be as cautious as possible with the disease. One of the best ways to protect others from the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant is to get fully vaccinated. Some of the other ways to protect yourself and others from Omicron include:

  • Testing and isolating until you have test results
  • Strengthening your immune system by eating gut-friendly, healthy foods
  • Wearing a mask in crowded, public places
  • Cleaning frequently touched objects daily
  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
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Are Omicron Symptoms Different if You Are Vaccinated?

All variants of COVID-19 strains may show different symptoms in different patients. Many symptoms of Omicron depend on a person’s vaccine status. Some vaccinated patients with the Omicron variant had congestion, sinus pain, and a headache, while unvaccinated patients showed signs of a cough or shortness of breath. Most vaccinated COVID-19 patients relate their symptoms to a cold.

COVID-19 Omicron Variant Testing Available in Asheville

The recommended Omicron COVID precautions are the same for all variants of the COVID-19 virus. Medical experts recommend all North Carolina residents get vaccinated against the virus and continue to wear a mask in public settings. Our easily accessible COVID testing offers fast and reliable results. The CommunityLab laboratory offers polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for active infections. Our testing is non-invasive with saliva collections or a gentle nasal swab sample.

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Contact CommunityLab For COVID-19 Testing

As a division of Sanesco, CommunityLab is committed to supporting a higher quality of life for all in WNC. Sanesco is a leader in personalized medicine and delivers evidence-based solutions to meet customized needs. We encourage you to register for curbside COVID-19 testing. We offer results in less than 24 hours. Our experienced laboratory technicians will help you if you have any further questions. Contact us today!

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