The news: Experts are pushing forth the idea that the phrase “mild COVID-19 symptoms” doesn’t mean what you think it does.
- In some cases, mild symptoms might indicate something akin to the flu or a cold.
- In other scenarios, mild COVID-19 symptoms could be a severe cold that stops short of hospitalization.
Why it matters: The ongoing “let it rip” approach — letting COVID-19 spread without lockdowns or quarantine — suggests that most people will get infected by the omicron variant (deemed a “mild” version of COVID-19) sooner or later. But infections, even from a mild version of COVID-19, could still knock you out for days.
- “When I talk to patients, I explain that moderate or severe means that you had to go to the hospital and they had to keep you to watch you,” he said.
- “Mild is not always so mild,” said Dr. William Schaffer, a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University and medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Disease, told ABC News.
- “If you’re not sick enough to go to the hospital, there is a tendency to fill some of those roles,” he added.
Remember this: “The patients who are having mild symptoms usually are patients who are vaccinated and boosted,” Lambert told HuffPost.