What is the COVID-19 variant Omicron?
Omicron (B.1.1.529) is a variant of SARS-CoV-2 that has been identified initially in COVID-19 patients in Botswana and South Africa.
The most common symptoms for the new COVID Variant “Omicron” are fever, cough, tiredness, loss of taste or smell.
WHO has declared this variant as a “Variant of Concern”.
What are the symptoms of the Omicron variant of COVID-19?
Omicron is so much more transmissible than coronavirus variants that have come before it. It spreads at least three times faster than the delta variant. One person is infecting at least three others at a time on average, based on data from other countries.
The common symptoms are cough, fatigue, congestion and runny nose, according to a CDC analysis of the first 43 cases investigated in the U.S. In Europe reported symptoms common with other coronavirus variants, including cough, sore throat, fever.
Most common symptoms:- Most common symptoms for the new COVID Variant “Omicron” are fever, cough, tiredness, loss of taste or smell.
Less common symptoms:- Less common symptoms for the new COVID Variant “Omicron” are sore throat, headache, aches, pains, diarrhea, a rash on the skin, discoloration of fingers or toes, red or irritated eyes.
Serious symptoms:- Serious symptoms for the new COVID Variant “Omicron” are difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, loss of speech or mobility, or confusion or chest pain.
What are the precautions against Omicron?
For omicron variant which appears to spreads twice as quickly as the Delta variant, because it’s better at causing reinfections and breakthrough cases than any previous version of the coronavirus. The best steps to follow to protect yourself and prevent the spread of COVID-19 are mentioned below
- Get vaccinated
- Wear a mask
- Maintain physical distancing
- Ventilate indoor spaces
- Keep good hygiene
- Self-isolate if you develop symptoms
Is Omicron more severe than the Delta variant of COVID-19?
In one published on December 22nd, researchers from Imperial College London pored over early data on Omicron in England. They found that people recorded as infected with the variant are about 15-20% less likely to seek hospital care and 40% less likely to be admitted for a night or longer than those with Delta.