ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OMICRON: SYMPTOMS, EFFECT, AND PREVENTION
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Omicron Variant is a new strain of the COVID-19 virus that is spreading rapidly and is causing major health issues not only across the country but across the world. With the alarmingly rising cases, it is safe to say that pandemic is here to stay for some more time. So the days of following all the safety precautions of masks, handwash, sanitizers and distancing are far from over.
Omicron in India tally has crossed the 1800 mark and is showing no signs of slowing down. While the doctors and other medical experts figure out the best way to deal with the virus, let’s find out all the critical factors about the virus that may come in handy
The virus is widely considered to be mild and less severe compared to the Delta variant but is yet to be officially labelled. So it is best to approach this as just another virus that requires the same amount of caution.
But on the flip side, it is spreading rapidly and will outrun the pace of Delta in terms of how fast it is spreading among the masses. The current tests, PCR and antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests that were being done right from the beginning to detect COVID 19 are still effective against them when it comes to detecting the Omicron variant.
Symptoms : According to various tests so far, the most common symptoms of the Omicron variant are:
Fever & Headache
If you are facing these symptoms, kindly consult with your doctor: +91 44 4200 4200 Unlike the previous variants, the loss of smell and loss of taste is a rare phenomenon, but this is still an early stage, and there is a lot more to uncover.
Preventive measures against Omicron are the same as they have been against every variant of Covid-19 so far. Here is a quick brief:
Wear a mask and cover your mouth and nose
Wash your hands regularly, especially after coming from outdoors
Maintain at least 1 metre of physical distance
Carry and use hand sanitizers
Avoid crowded places
Ensure the space you are in is properly ventilated
The variant is still fairly new, so there is a lot we might not know about the variant. But on the positive side, doctors and scientists are now more prepared and ready for this COVID wave than they were 2 years back.
All in all, there are many questions that are yet to be answered. Like, what is the cure? Will the booster vaccines protect us from Omicron? How severe or deadly it is? And many more.
Only one thing clear is, vaccines are still able to prevent serious infections in the variants.
Till then, let’s take all the safety measures at our disposal. Follow the preventive measures, obey the guidelines in public places, and adhere to any sort of lockdown restrictions or policy the government implements.