Omicron: should you disquiet?
Its been almost two years since the Covid-19 pandemic hit and affected the lives of everyone on the earth. There were lockdowns everywhere, and you could not fly anywhere, and there was a sense of paranoia among everybody because we didn’t know what this disease was. Before moving directly to the Omicron, you should know what Covid-19 is and how it affects you.
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that affects the respiratory system in humans.’
The full name for Covid-19 is SARS-CoV-2 (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2).
Omicron is the latest mutation of the Covid – 19 virus, and it is creating a concern because it has more than 50 mutations than the original Covid – 19 virus.
And the infection rate is also very high; stay with the blog if you want to know more about this virus and how to stay safe from it.
Some facts about Omicron
- The infection rate is 2-3 times more profound to delta variant.
- It is now the dominant strain of coronavirus in the USA.
- The severity of the symptoms is less than the other variants, but the transfer rate is high.
- Consider Vaccinations and boosters to be the best defense against the virus.
When Omicron came into light
- 24th November 2021: The first time the new variant of Covid-19 was reported to WHO (World Health Organisation).
- 26th November 2021: WHO named this variant omicron and classified it as a variant of concern.
- 30th November 2021: The USA government appoints it as a variant of concern.
- 1st December 2021: The first case of Omicron was found in the USA.
What is Omicron?
Omicron is the latest variant of coronavirus first reported in southern Africa, where the scientist said that this variant is highly contagious. The scientific name of this disease is B.1.1.529 is directly related to the original Covid-19 strain called B.1.
It affects the respiratory system of humans, and the most common symptoms that you can see is:
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Congestion and runny nose
We are not aware of other symptoms because it is a new disease, and scientists medical workers are working day and night to find out the cause and effects of this virus.
However, it has been shown that if you are fully vaccinated, then the infection caused by Omicron is milder and less dangerous.
How did the Omicron varient develop?
The virus adapts to specific situations to survive; adaptation is called a mutation. Covid-19 was widely spread, and many people were carrying the viruses.
The mutation of viruses makes them stronger and difficult to kill because they learn and adapt to the situation to survive. Unfortunately, no specific theories can tell how Omicron is heavily mutated, but studies are still going to find things out.
Why is Omicron a “varient of concern?”
The Omicron is raising so many concerns because of the mutations it has. It has more than 50 mutations, and more than 30 of them are in the spike protein, increasing the concerns of many medical professionals and the government.
The first thing is the rate of infection is very high, which is more than twice as fast as the delta variant, which can infect many people in very little time.
The spike protein helps the virus stick to the human cell to create an infection. Therefore the problem starts because it has more than 10 mutations in the binder of the virus, which can make it difficult for the antibodies to identify the virus.
This essentially means that vaccinations we were getting are less effective for this variant of covid. However, immunization still helps people by preventing severe symptoms and death caused by Omicron.
Ways to stay safe and fight Omicron?
Omicron is a relatively new disease, and several ongoing studies are happening around the globe to gather information about the condition. However, there are some things that you can do to reduce the risk of getting the virus.
Precautions are, however, similar to the covid-19 pandemic because it transmits the same way, but the rate is faster.
Masks have become a part of our daily life, and you should continue using them. Face masks are the first line of protection that can help you stay safe from the spread of the virus.
It acts like a barrier that restricts the aerosols containing covid viruses from entering your body to get into your body. Therefore, you should not ditch the mask.
Avoid social gatherings
The best way to stay is to avoid social gatherings because Omicrone can only pass from humans if you face any social situation, which increases the risk of getting contaminated fast.
There is paranoia among the people, but it is best to get tested if you feel that something is incorrect or have similar symptoms like Omicron.
The earlier you can identify, the best it would be. Then, you can warn your loved ones before and get the necessary treatment to help you heal faster without much damage to your health.
The study shows that getting severe symptoms and death is marginally decreased if you are fully vaccinated. Therefore, get yourself vaccinated as soon as possible and get the booster shot because it is the best defense method.
In the end, Omicron is a new mutation that can cause severe harm because it can transmit faster, and several risks can cause you many problems. In addition, it is a new variant, and several studies are still going on about the potential outcomes of Omicron.
The best way for you is to make sure that you follow all the precautions to be safe and sound. It can help you stay away from this virus affecting the world.