Everything We Know So Far About Omicron Variant – RxSAFE 

Just when we thought that it’s nearly the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, there appears news of a novel, more potent and heavily mutated variant of coronavirus.

On 26th November 2021, the World Health Organization announced a new strain of Covid-19 named Omicron and had assigned it as a ” variant of concern”. There is not enough information on the Omicron variant, but experts say it can lead to a growth in the rate of infections.

Here’s what we know about the Omicron variant, its symptoms and more.

What Do We Know About the Omicron Variant?

  • As SARS-CoV-2 spreads, newer variants tend to arise. However, each mutation holds a different significance, which we can know after some time only.
  • The health authorities globally need to keep watching to see which mutations hold greater significance than others. Such constant observation led to the detection of the B.1.1.529 variant, which is named Omicron and termed as a ”variant of concern”.
  • The B.1.1.529 variant has multiple spike protein mutations, and the scientific analysis suggests that it is expanding at a faster rate as compared to other variants and is also highly infectious.
  • Currently, the Omicron variant is rapidly unfolding in South Africa and other countries like Israel, Belgium, Botswana, Australia, Canada and others.
  • South Africa has reported a great increase in new cases of Covid-19 along with the corresponding emergence of B.1.1.529.
  • The Omicron variant is a cause of distress since analysis states that it is spreading faster than every variant, including the Delta variant.
  • According to WHO, this variant has some mutations that are a concern and lead to a greater risk of reinfection as compared to other variants.

Symptoms of Omicron Variant:

  • No data says the symptoms connected to the Omicron variant differs from other variants. As of now, it is stated that symptoms of the Omicron variant are mild and are curable at home.
  • The symptoms of any coronavirus variant can be fever, cough, chills, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, body ache, tiredness, sore throat, runny nose, etc.
  • Although, like every other variant, the Omicron variant can lead to severe infection or death in the vulnerable section of people.
  • Some of the symptoms of patients infected by the Omicron variant are scratchy throat and extreme tiredness.
  • There are no cases where oxygen saturation has dropped due to infection caused by Omicron variant. As per doctors, patients who were infected have recovered after hospitalization.

How is the Omicron Variant Different from Other Variants, and Why Does it Impose High Risk?

  • The Omicron variant has 30+ mutations in the coronavirus spike protein, and out of these 30 mutations, 26 are unique mutations, not appearing in other variants of concern.
  • On the other hand, the alpha, beta, gamma & delta variants have 4, 6, 8 and 7 unique mutations, respectively.
  • Few mutations of the Omicron variant exist in other variants as well, which led to a surge in positive cases previously.
  • Some of the common mutations in the variants of concern are associated with increasing transmissibility and evading immunity. However, the whole significance of these mutations remains dubious at this time.
  • Since Omicron has mutations more than double the mutations in the delta variant, it poses the threat of being more dangerous and at a higher risk of infectivity.
  • Omicron is linked with one or more of the stated variations: rise in transmission and drop in the effectiveness of diagnostics, vaccines and therapies.

Does Covid-19 Vaccine Work Against Omicron Variant?

  • Currently, WHO is working with its potential technical partners to understand the impact of the Omicron variant on the vaccine.
  • Some scientists believe the vaccine can reduce the severity of infection and death caused by this variant.
  • Those who are fully vaccinatedyet infected by the delta variant have a greater immune response against any variant.
  • Some clear information on the effectiveness of vaccines and natural immunity response on this variant may take some time.
  • If, as anticipated, the Omicron variant spreads faster, then this virus may affect unvaccinated people more since they neither have natural nor have vaccinated immunity.

What Precautions Should One Take?

  • First things first, do not panic.
  • Ensure you take both doses of vaccines and, if available, take a booster shot too.
  • Maintain social distancing and wear a mask every time you go outside or meet outside people, even if you are fully vaccinated.
  • Avoid visiting crowded places
  • Wash and sanitize your hands regularly and disinfect surfaces.

You must break the chain of transmission by following the above-stated things.

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