Doctors seeing omicron symptoms more like a cold –

January 24, 2022
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — With previous COVID strains, doctors would see patients with pneumonia, bad coughs and trouble trying to breath. Doctors are not seeing that with the omicron strain.
“Runny noses, sore throats, headaches or muscle aches. It binds to our throat and our nose and our mouth more and we feel more symptoms up there,” said Yale Medicine Emergency Medicine physician Arjun Venkatesh.
Some people are reporting getting COVID after getting their booster shot.
“Whether it’s your first shot, your second shot or your third shot, it takes a week or two for your antibodies to kick in so it might just be that they’ve just gotten unlucky,” Venkatesh said, referring to the timing of exposure to COVID.
He said getting vaccinated or boosted helps to keep COVID symptoms and sickness mild.
WATCH: Dr. Arjun Venkatesh discusses these topics with News 8’s Lisa Carberg
Venkatesh also said there is a lot of confusion over the COVID quarantine, reduced to just five days.
“There are critical people who need to work, essential workers that can include doctors, nurses, but it also includes people that work at airlines, grocery stores, the things we need for society to run,” he said.
He said with omicron, instead of 10 or 15 people getting the virus in an exposure, the variant can expose 100 people at once.
“Even if they have mild symptoms, keeping them out of the workforce would bring our society to shut down.”
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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A Bridgeport family is claiming the police department was negligent in their investigation of a young woman’s death. Family, friends and the community came together for a rally Sunday to demand answers from officials and honor the life of 23-year-old Lauren Smith-Fields, a social media influencer.
The march and rally, dubbed “Justice For Lauren,” began at the Bridgeport Police Department and ended at the city government center. Sunday marked what would have been Smith-Fields’ 24th birthday. Smith-Fields’ family was in attendance and emotionally spoke to the crowd as they remembered her life and called for an independent investigation into her death by the state.
We have a bit of light snow moving through tonight. It won’t be a lot, a coating to half an inch at best, but please be careful on the roads just in case they get coated up and slippery! Temps will moderate some on Tuesday before we’re back to the deep freeze that also comes with a big storm for this coming weekend. The question is, will this be a hit or a miss? Models have been all over the place but as of now, most show a miss. Stay tuned!
Tonight: Snow showers with a coating of snow possible. Otherwise cold with lows in the teens and low 20s.
NEW LONDON, CT (WTNH) — Starting Saturday, people visiting friends and family at nursing homes in Connecticut faced new rules upon entering, as the state’s updated guidance went into effect. While COVID-19 cases are decreasing across the state, the numbers are rising in nursing homes.
As Margaret Breen arrived at Beechwood Post Acute and Transitional Care in New London, she was quickly screened and approved to go inside and see her mom, something she wasn’t able to do at the beginning of the pandemic.


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