Omicron the Variant of Concern
WHO declares a variant as a variant of concern (VOC) after assessment when there is increase in transmissibility or detrimental change in COVID-19 epidemiology; OR increase in virulence or change in clinical disease presentation; OR decrease in effectiveness of public health and social measures or available diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutics. (WHO)
The detected mutations, their expected properties of increased transmission and immune evasion, and preliminary evidence of adverse changes in COVID-19 epidemiology, such as greater reinfections, have all been used to declare Omicron a concern. The definitive proof of improved remission and immune evasion is still awaited.
What precautions should we take?
The precautions and steps to be taken remain unchanged. It is critical to properly mask yourself, receive both doses of vaccines (if not already vaccinated), maintain social distance, and proper ventilation.
Cases of Omicron are increasingly being reported in countries other than South Africa, and given its characteristics, it is likely to spread to more countries, including India. However, the scope as well as the severity of the sickness that will be triggered, are still unknown. Furthermore, given India’s rapid vaccination rate and, as demonstrated by high antibody levels, the disease’s severity is expected to be minimal. Scientific evidence, on the other hand, is still evolving.
The best public health approach for protecting against COVID-19, slowing transmission, and reducing the risk of additional variations arising is getting vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccinations have been shown to reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalisation, and death. Scientists are looking at Omicron to see how well vaccinated people will be protected against diseases, hospitalisation, and death.
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