After corona, a new disease come out which is known as Omicron. The World Health Organization declares the new virus “variant of concern” on 26th of November, 2021. This new variant first identified in different cases collected on November 11, 2021 in Botswana and on November 14, 2021 in South Africa.
Omicron is more dangerous as compared to SARS-CoV-2. It spreads easily compared to Delta remains unknown.
There are following ways from which WHO is designated a concern :
- Increase in transmissibility which means through direct contact like blood exchange.
- Increase in acrimony or we can say variation in clinical disease presentation.
- Decrease in advantages of public health and social measures or availability of vaccines, medicines or toxins.
But the main point is, Omicron is spreading so quickly in one region of South Africa and also in other parts of the world including the European Region. WHO encourages the other countries to contribute to the collection and sharing of hospitalized patient data through WHO COVID-19 Clinical Data Platform. WHO keeps on providing more information regarding Omicron which includes the meetings of the TAG-VE.
There is an example of two vaccinated people who are returning from abroad last month who tests positive for the coming Omicron virus in Mumbai. And the first case is found in Metropolis.
This third wave of corona can reach the peak by February with cases up to 1-1.5 lakh a day in the country. Now, the country records over 20 cases of Omicron in just three days. As many COVID-19 positive samples undergo genetic testing. At the same amount 50 percent of people want the central government to suspend all Vande Bharat flights.
The situation is becoming critical day by day. If we talk about the cases in India, this is a really worrying situation for the state government as well as the state. Two more cases reports in Maharashtra on December 6, taking India’s total score to 23.
So, in the end the message is if you want to stay follow some suggestions like :
- Keep a physical distance of at least 1 metre from others;
- Wear a well-fitting mask;
- Open windows for cross ventilation;
- Avoid going in crowded places;
- Keep your hands clean;
- Use handkerchief or tissue while sneezing or coughing
- Get vaccinated when it’s their turn.
Be safe and Happy!