"I had Omicron. Here’s what I did to get through it" By Anny Ma for Ensemble Magazine

I’m not a doctor, medical professional, scientist, or anything remotely related to pandemic thought leadership. I’m not a podcaster, wellbeing guru, mummy blogger, or other too loud self-proclaimed “expert”. I’m just somebody who had Omicron behind door 17 on my advent calendar.

My flatmate tested positive that week, so I’d been minimising outside contact while daily rapid testing, cleaning, and leaving the windows open despite the 5°C chill. My streak of negative tests ended, and my follow up PCR test was positive too.

Day one started with a sore throat and fever, and I had to lay to try sleep, or my breathing would get shallow and hurt. I later found that sucking on a menthol lozenge appeased my sinuses long enough for me to fall asleep.

The next day I woke up drenched in sweat, with severely blocked ears, a headache, and extreme dizziness. I took paracetamol and tried to eat, despite having no appetite or energy to cook.

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