Everything You Need To Know About Omicron!
What is Omicron?
Omicron or B.1.1.529, ie the most recent name of the variant of the infamous COVID-19, has been getting a lot of hype in recent days, but is it really worth the hype? Let’s find out!
First founded in the lands of South Africa on the 9th of November, this variant has spread at an alarming level, being reported as a Variant of Most Concern November 26th i.e just around tw0 weeks before its first case was spotted, Hence making it the fastest spreading mutation out of all the COVID variants available till date. Cases of which have also been reported in Australia, Germany, Israel, and also its two cases have been reported in Bangalore. Karnataka as of today the reported cases were of males of age 46 and 66 and the primary and secondary contacts of the patients are being traced and tested promptly. The conditions of the patients is being categorized as Mild.
Is Omicron the next Pandemic?
Currently, 99% of all the variants that are spread across the globe are consist of the Delta Variant, hence, it’s still too early to conclude in totality whether it will overtake the delta or not. Omicron is a heavily mutated variant having roughly 30 mutations in its spike protein and 20 more mutations on the general biological constitution of the virus body. Although thankfully it can be detected using the RTPCR test and genome sequencing. it will take around 10-15 days to properly understand the mortality of this variant, however, the Rate Of Infection (RO) is found to be 2 which is higher than that of the currently most widespread Delta variant (RO 1.64) of the COVID-19. As of today, the country recorded 9,765 new cases of COVID in the last 24 hrs.
Key Symptoms Of Omicron?
The observed symptoms for this variant are mainly body pains accompanied by mild fever along with mild cough. Unlike a regular cold, it doesn’t affect the senses of taste and smell. They might have a slight cough. The 6 current infected are being treated at home and it will take almost 2 weeks for medics to successfully understand the severity of the variant, until then it’s advised to take the basic COVID precautions.
What should I do for the protection of my loved ones?
There is no need to panic as we are yet to know the details about this variant, it’s expected that it will take around 2 weeks to get some solid statistics for this variant. until then it is advised to take all the necessary precautionary measures for COVID-19, and the government is undertaking all necessary precautions, patients tested positive are sent for treatment under clinical management protocol.
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