OREANDA-NEWS. When infected with the "Omicron" strain of coronavirus infection, the clinical picture is not much different from the course of an acute respiratory disease. This was stated by a virologist, professor of Novosibirsk State University Sergey Netesov on Friday, January 28, commenting on the findings of British colleagues about the hidden symptoms of a new strain of COVID-19.

“Indeed, the most common symptoms of the Omicron strain are sore throat, runny nose, runny nose, body aches and weakness. Gastrointestinal symptoms are rare. But on the basis of symptoms, it is impossible to distinguish infection with Omicron from infection with SARS, ”Netesov said in an interview with the Zvezda TV channel, adding that laboratory diagnostics should be performed.

In addition to the medicines prescribed by the doctor, sick patients need to drink as much water as possible, the professor specified. This is necessary to speed up recovery.

“The fluid does not reduce the heat of the body, but replenishes the reserves lost during it. This is necessary so that the products of the destruction of infected cells are quickly excreted from the body. Need more water flow. It is worth doing, and it is better to drink mineral table water,” the infectious disease specialist added.

Earlier in the day, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the numbers for the Omicron strain in Russia are still lower than in Europe and the United States, but it cannot be ruled out that they will increase, according to kp.ru.

He also said that many people in the presidential administration of the Russian Federation are sick with COVID-19.