The Omicron variant caused COVID-19 numbers to skyrocket in the past few weeks. The United States hit a record-high on Monday, Jan. 3 with one million new cases confirmed. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Omicron now accounts for up to 95% of COVID-19 cases, and the case numbers keep climbing daily.
Health professionals are clear that the best way to alleviate Omicron symptoms is to first get vaccinated and, if you’re already vaccinated, get boosted. While vaccinated people can contract Omicron, symptoms of the variant appear vastly different (not as many are losing their sense of taste and smell) and will be much milder compared to those who are unvaccinated.
If you end up sick with Omicron and some symptoms appear, it may become difficult to determine the type of foods to eat while you’re feeling sick. Especially if you don’t feel like eating at all.
“People that get these conditions, people who get Omicron, Delta, or Influenza, don’t really have big appetites,” says Robert G. Lahita MD, Ph.D. (“Dr. Bob”), Director of the Institute for Autoimmune and Rheumatic Disease at Saint Joseph Health and author of Immunity Strong. “With Omicron the throat is so sore, it’s as though you have strep throat. Even liquids hurt.”
With a severe sore throat and a body that doesn’t feel hungry, We asked Dr. Bob to share some tips on how to nourish your body through sickness, a few steps to take as you start to feel better, and what foods to avoid throughout the whole process.
One of the best foods you can eat when you have Omicron is yogurt. It’s soft, cold, feels good on the throat, and packed with protein to keep you full.
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