What is Omicron virus | Covid-19 update of Omicron from WHO

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What WHO Are Saying About Omicron Virus?

A new Covid-19 variant Omicron Virus is spreading in Africa. This virus has more than 50 mutations. We don’t have any idea how effective our vaccines will be on this variant.
WHO (World Health Organization) has declared it a variant of concern because The world is at risk from this new variant.

5 Unbelievable Facts About Omicron Virus and Why is the WHO scared?

There are three reasons

  • Number of Mutations
  • Type of Mutations
  • Speed of its Spread

This Omicron covid-19 virus is the fastest spreading variant till date. After this NEWS came out, many countries banned all flights coming from Africa. The stock markets also witnessed heavy selling.

We have many questions like, is this variant so Dangerous? Can our vaccine stop this variant?
Is there a silver lining, some positive news in this?

Because how we behave in the next couple of days will impact whether we have a third wave or not. So please read our complete Article…

First image of Omicron Virus by Dimitrios Varvaras MD, PhD

Image sourced by@MdVarvaras

How does a Omicron virus Mutate?

Let’s understand what mutants are and what difference do these mutations make.
The cells at the boundaries of our lungs have structures that look like this.

They are called ACE2 receptors. A covid – 19 virus has these raised spikes called spike protein. When these spike proteins connect with ACE2 receptors, the infection spreads into our lungs.

In very, very simple terms, this is like a lock and key mechanism, and there are minute changes, But the more effectively these changes can connect, the more infectious the virus. Our vaccines target these spike proteins to detect Covid-19 spike protein and kill the virus before touching ACE2 Receptors.

But in the Omicron variant, this spike protein has 30 mutations or 30 changes. When we take any vaccine, the vaccine signals the body to create a type of antibody. These antibodies connect to the spike protein and stop them from entering our healthy cells. But because of the high number of mutations, things get a little complicated.

Is Omicron Virus verry dangoerous?

Short answer, we don’t know yet. The long answer is complicated. There are 100 confirmed cases in South Africa of this new variant Omicron, and from them, there is only one on the ventilator.
Only time will tell how deadly this virus is…

But the problem is that symptoms for this variant are a bit different than the other variants. Like

Symptoms of Omicron Virus

  • Oxygen saturation levels do not fall
  • A person does not lose sense of smell or taste.
  • But yes, Fatigue is a symptom of this new variant because these symptoms are different from other variants.

You need to be cautious in public places. How dangerous this variant will be dependent on whether our vaccine works or not Research on this is ongoing.

In the best-case scenario, vaccines protect us against Omicron, and only some people have a severe infection.

Worst case scenario, none of the vaccines work against the new variant. And 2022 is similar to 2020 and 2021. So let us hope for the best and be prepared for the worst.

Any Good news in this Virus?

But on the other hand, Omicron news can be a blessing in disguise cause the delta variant was the most dangerous variant till now. The Delta variant is causing 99% of the cases in India 7 abroad. The Delta variant can be deadly. But if the coronavirus mutates and the Omicron variant is here to stay, and it finishes the Delta variant, then a dangerous variant will disappear from the world.

How many cases of Omicron virus in India?

As of now, no Omicron variant cases have been detected. But the news from 29th Nov a traveler returning from south Africa tested positive for covid. BMC (Bombay Municipal Corporation) has started contacting the 466 passengers on his flight.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family From Omicron Virus?

Firstly, don’t panic. But don’t take it lightly. More infectious does not mean more deadly. We should remember it before we panic. At least we have to be careful for the next 14 days.
Passengers skipped mandatory quarantine by bribing the airport officials; scams like this can be very dangerous now. The next 14 days of care are crucial at an individual level because research on this variant has just begun.

As the research continues, scientists will uncover more facts about this. Will the vaccine works or not, How dangerous is this new variant, these facts we will know with passing the time. Indias vaccination speed is record-breaking for sure, but many people are missing their 2nd doses. As a society, we will collectively have to ensure that the people who contact us take both their vaccine shots on time. We can help them to boom their slot and we can help to our society to fight with the Omicron Virus or any other deadly virus.

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