The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified another COVID-19 variation, B.1.1.529 a Variant of Concern. Also known as Omicron it was first discovered in Botswana and South Africa on November 26, 2021 and has now spread to more than 110 other countries.
Scientists discovered that Omicron is a mixture of over 50 mutations. These include earlier variants Alpha, Beta and later ones. The number of Omicron cases is increasing due to continuous research. This variant now threatens immunity and raises concerns about its high transmissibility.
This variant has been confirmed in 12,947 cases across Europe as of December 21, 2021. Another 10,866 have been confirmed from the United Kingdom.
SYMPTOMS AND VACCINATION
Omicron is a combination of five symptoms. These include runny noses, headaches, fatigue, sneezing and sore throat. Omicron is milder than the other variants. However, it is recommended that the public remain safe and adhere to strict health protocols. Omicron can infect even those who have been vaccinated. All people are at risk, regardless of vaccination. If you feel you may be experiencing symptoms, you can take a pcr test and isolate yourself.
HOW DO YOU PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS?
These are just a few of the ways that you and your friends can protect themselves from the Coronavirus-19.
- Always wear your mask.
- Maintain physical distance.
- Wash your hands frequently or bring an alcohol bottle whenever you go.
- Stay at home, especially if you don’t really have to go outside or if you’re not feeling well.
- Stay hydrated.
It is evolving with new variants as the world fights COVID-19. It is not the best time to be easy. You should immediately take a rapid antigen test if you feel you might have COVID-19 signs.
To know more about the COVID 19 Omicron variant, you can read this infographic from Harley Medic International.