On November 24, 2021, a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.529, Omicron Variant was informed to the World Health Organization (WHO). This new variant was first detected in specimens collected on November 11, 2021 in Botswana and on November 14, 2021, in South Africa.
What do We know about Omicron?
- There is a possibility that the Omicron variant will spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, although it is unknown how widespread Omicron will be compared with Delta.
- It’s expected that if you have Omicron, even if you are vaccinated or haven’t shown any symptoms, you can still spread the virus to others.
- More information is needed to determine whether Omicron infections, including reinfections and breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated, cause more severe illness or death than infections with other variants.
- It is expected that current vaccines will prevent severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths caused by infection with the Omicron variant. But it is still possible for fully vaccinated people to develop breakthrough infections. In addition, vaccines have remained effective against other strains such as Delta.
On the basis of the changed genetic make-up of Omicron, some treatments may remain effective while others may be less effective.
Experts advise caution until we know more. Hence, it is important to follow Covid -19 guideline, wear masks, maintain appropriate physical distance, continue hand hygiene, and ventilation. If you have further questions contact your doctor and get the proper guidance. Our team of qualified doctors at the Bansal Global Hospital are 24/7 available to help you. Fix your appointment today and contact us at +919911062832.