Vice presidential candidate Willie Ong said in a health vlog that the common cold and the Omicron and Delta variants of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can be determined through the symptoms experienced by patients. This needs context.

Other health experts say that only genome sequencing can ascertain what COVID-19 variant a person has.

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