Hi - I’m new to this forum, and one thing I can’t see in this category is anyone saying they’ve caught it. I have, so I thought I’d share some information in case it helps anyone, as I’m sure we’re all as worried about Omicron as we were about previous variants.
Brief background: I’m 16 months on from a stem cell transplant for lymphoma. I’ve never know how well my immune system has recovered since then, so Covid’s been a real worry.
Last week I caught it, and based on the symptoms it seems to be Omicron. The anecdotal evidence matches my experience: it’s a bad cold. The sore throat was awful initially but cleared in a few days. It was unfortunately replaced by a bad, wet cough, producing incredible amounts of phlegm (and another sore throat). Combined with the constant blocked or runny nose, it’s made sleep nearly impossible.
Taste and smell went about a week in. An unexpected symptom has been pressure and pain in both ears, also causing dizziness and a bad headache. And the fatigue has not been easy, though that could be the poor sleep as much as anything.
It’s clearly a milder variant, but it’s not to be sniffed at. About 10 days after symptoms started, I’m still pretty unwell here.
However, I didn’t come here to scare people. My biggest worry with Covid has always been breathing problems, having to end up on a ventilator, and worse. But I can say that, touch wood, that hasn’t been as issue at all as my breathing’s been fine throughout. And as a result I’ve been variously annoyed, baffled and depressed by this interminable virus, but it’s turned out less frightening than expected.
So it took a while to get to my point, but that point is Omicron is no fun at all, and I’m desperate to be rid of it, but maybe it’s not quite as worrying as we might expect. I just wanted to give one man’s experience of it, though of course it’ll hit everyone differently. Maybe it’s odd to see my dose as positive but I think we ought to to take positives wherever we can.
Good luck everyone.