Just as some parts of the world were normalizing with COVID 19, the virus has also started to normalize and adapt to humans. This variant is new, and it has more than 30 mutations which are the maximum seen so far for COVID 19 variants. But this brings back the most important question – is it harmful? Is it dangerous than the Delta variant?
Well, scientists are in the early stages so they avoid the most commonly asked questions as the studies are not conclusive enough. However, WHO named it as a ‘variant of concern’ on Friday and gave it the name ‘Omnicron’.
What do we know about Omnicron so far?
This variant was first identified in South Africa, and the preliminary studies suggest it is highly infectious. The new variant caused a rise in cases in South Africa exponentially over the last two weeks.
Last Thursday, the NGS-SA said that the spread of this variant increased rapidly in the Gauteng province, including Pretoria, Johannesburg. Check out the full story with the first image of the variant and its mutation story here.
What is WHO’s assessment for Omnicron?
The WHO said on Friday that the technical advisory group met to analyse the new variant. It can be associated with one or more changes like it is easily transmissible; it decreases the effect of vaccines and virus medicines.
The symptoms for this variant are the same as other variants, the NICD (National Institute of Communicable Disease) of South Africa stated.
Is it detectable through RT-PCR tests?
The NICD stated that the new variant can probably be detected in the RT-PCR test but a detailed test may define whether it is an Omnicron variant or not.
India is trying to contain this variant to enter the country as much as it can. Some passengers coming from South Africa were quarantined after they were tested COVID 19 positive.
The precautions that everyone must take is getting vaccinated, following social distancing, wearing masks and sanitizing their hands regularly. With COVID 19 cases on the low, people are not following these precautions vigorously and with the new variant around the world, India may suffer the Omnicron scare too. Everyone must follow all COVID 19 protocols to keep themselves safe.
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