The pandemic continues to emerge and increases the threat of its mutations. Omicron, the latest variant, can be transmitted easily, and reduce the effectiveness of vaccines.
Additionally, it is present in many countries, including South Africa and the U.K. The World Health Organization has also been updating research about the virus and constantly provides preventive health measures to decrease transmission.
Scientists discovered that Omicron comprises more than 50 mutations. Although researchers are still trying to figure out the nature of this variant, the cases are sharply increasing, which leads to several concerns. More than 12,947 confirmed Omicron variant cases in Europe had been reported, and the UK has been the worst target of the virus.
Omicron symptoms are less severe than other variants. However, people should not disregard the mediocrity of the symptoms as they have a higher hospitalization rate. Symptoms include headaches, fatigue, a runny nose, fever, and sore throat. If you are experiencing any of this, you can call your medical practitioner and ask for a rapid antigen test or a PCR test to determine if you are infected or not.
How do you protect yourself and others?
The mutations of COVID-19 are a reminder that the world is not yet finished mitigating the pandemic. Everyone can protect themselves and their families by following these health practices provided by the World Health Organization.
- Wear a mask, regardless of your vaccination status.
- Maintain a physical distance of at least one metre.
- Handwashing is essential
- When you are sick, stay at home.
- Take lots of water
- Obtain vaccinations and booster shots
- If you have symptoms, get tested.
- Start a healthy lifestyle
Here is an infographic titled “Omicron Variant: What we Know About the New Coronavirus Strain” by Harley Medic International for more information about Omicron.