How to Protect Yourself From The COVID-19 Omicron Variant

Since there's no Omicron variant COVID vaccine specific to the variant, here's some helpful information to help keep you safe.

Safety Precautions for the Omicron Variant

The safety precautions for the Omicron variant remain unchanged from those issued at the initial onset of the pandemic. These include getting fully vaccinated, wearing a face mask (even after being vaccinated and receiving your booster), diligent hand washing, and social distancing.

These precautions can prevent you or a loved one from searching for “urgent care near me” should you become ill. That said, knowing about the new COVID-19 Omicron variant symptoms is also helpful in determining whether or not you need immediate treatment in Richmond.

Click here to visit cdc.gov and learn more about how Omicron spreads.

Symptoms of the Omicron Variant

Since there is not currently an Omicron variant COVID-19 vaccine specific to the altered virus, many individuals wonder about any changes in symptoms for this variant.

Because Omicron is still being researched, the best information to date specific to symptoms remains the same as the original COVID-19 virus.

The most common Omicron symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue
  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash or discoloration of fingers or toes
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

Many of these symptoms indeed mimic those of other conditions that frequently cause patients to search for “urgent care near me” or “immediate treatment in Richmond.” Knowing that NeuMed Modern Urgent Care is only a phone call or short drive away is an excellent resource if you’re concerned about your symptoms.

We mentioned earlier that there are safety & precautions for the Omicron variant. Knowing that our urgent care near you is available for diagnostics and testing is also critical to safe and healthy living in the greater Houston area.

Testing for the COVID-19 Omicron variant

Since there is not a specific Omicron variant COVID-19 vaccine available, it’s essential to know where you can receive fast and accurate testing near you. Our doctors and their care teams offer COVID PCR test same-day results and the added assurance of COVID PCR test accuracy.

The latest reports show that not all clinics and hospitals have sufficient rapid screening tests for the COVID virus and its mutating variants. If you have any of the symptoms described above, we encourage you to visit us today for testing.

Because symptoms vary and evolve, knowing whether your fatigue is a symptom of COVID or a symptom of heart failure or if your aches and pains are symptoms of COVID or rheumatoid arthritis are essential variables to consider in your treatment protocol.

COVID Testing and Treatment at NeuMed

NeuMed is Houston’s first modern urgent care and IV therapy clinic that incorporates paperless registration and discharge – two things that are often a friction point for patients seeking emergency care.

From our doctors and their teams to our front office, lab staff, and every employee within our clinic, your patient experience will be friendly, knowledgeable, and informed. And for those reading this who are worried about exposure to COVID or the new Omicron variant while visiting us for testing and treatment, we have dual waiting lounges to help keep you and your family protected.

The takeaway for anyone searching for COVID testing in Houston, whether specific to the new Omicron variant or others that may present in the future, our dedicated team of doctors and nurses are here to provide the care you deserve.  

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Victoria Bhagat, FNP

Compassionate Family Nurse Practitioner experienced in cardiology, stroke and critical care serving adults and children at NeuMed Modern Urgent Care + IV Therapy.

Disclosure:

The NeuMed blog is published by NeuMed Modern Urgent Care + IV Therapy, an innovative urgent care and IV infusion therapy clinic with locations in Houston, Texas.

Any general advice posted on our blog, or website is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace or substitute for any medical or other advice. If you have specific concerns or a situation arises in which you require medical advice, you should consult with an appropriately trained and qualified medical services provider.