Fast Five Quiz: COVID-19 Variants

Glenn Wortmann, MD


August 03, 2022

Omicron appears to be associated with lower rates of cough and anosmia (loss of smell), but higher rates of fatigue, in patients infected with newer subvariants.

Five COVID-related symptoms are known to affect the skin: acral rash, burning rash, erythematopapular rash, urticarial rash, and unusual hair loss. According to a retrospective study that compared clinical data from over 300,000 participants in the United Kingdom during both the Omicron and Delta waves, these skin symptoms differed depending on the COVID variant. Skin-related symptoms during the Omicron wave were less frequent than during the Delta wave; researchers have been observing a decline in skin manifestations in patients infected with Omicron subvariants.

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