Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday that in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases of the Omicron BA.5 subvariant in Taiwan, the general public should pass rapid tests at the earliest. sign of COVID symptoms.
At a routine CECC press briefing on Thursday, Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞), deputy head of the CECC’s medical intervention division, said an analysis conducted in the UK on the Ommicron BA. 1, BA. 2 and BA. 5 subvariants since the start of this year suggest that the symptoms of the variant include a sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, cough and fever.
Lo added that fever is more likely in children, while symptoms such as nose and throat discomfort are more common in adults, much like the flu.
Lo said anyone with symptoms of nose and throat discomfort should have a rapid test and a follow-up test within half a day or a full day if the first test is negative.
In response to reports suggesting that night sweats have been a symptom in patients who contract Omicron BA. 5 subvariant, Lo said that night sweats are not a primary symptom, explaining that the information does not come from international research, but rather something said in passing during an Irish radio interview with a Irish expert in immunology.
During the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival, Lo implored children and the elderly who are not vaccinated to refrain from participating in group festivities such as barbecues.
Those confirmed to have the virus should not attend any gatherings and pandemic prevention protocols should be followed by all, including wearing face masks and using the Taiwan Social Distancing mobile app, added Lo.
Additionally, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said the new wave of infections is expected to peak around mid to late September.
. CECC recommend rapid test as early as the first signs symptoms COVID