New Variant of COVID-19-OMICRON Explained by Dr.Vaseem Choudhary

New COVID 19 Omicron Variant

INTRODUCTION

  • According to the latest research scientists in South Africa have identified a new coronavirus variant.
  • They detected the lineage on Monday and declared it around the globe.
  • World Health Organisation recommended the name as Omicron.
  • It is first detected in Botswana.

WORLD SPREAD

  • Researchers in Botswana and Hong Kong also posted sequences publicly.
  • Other cases are also noticed in Belgium and Israel.
  • Several places from Hong Kong to Europe to North America have confirmed their presence.
  • It’s a better spreader than even delta which can cause infection in people who are protected at high rates.
  • Dutch health authority confirmed that 13 people who arrived from South Africa have so far tested positive for Omicron.
  • Canada health minister says that the first 2 cases in Ontario were noted after 2 individuals recently arrived from Nigeria.
  • Authorities in Australia said that two travelers who arrived in Sydney from Africa were the first ones to test positive for a new variant.

SYMPTOMS

  • Flu-like symptoms such as headache
  • dry cough
  • Fever
  • body pains
  • night sweats

OMICRON VARIANT CONCERN

  • According to WHO Dr. Maria Van said early evidence on OMICRON shows that this variant has a large number of mutations having typical characteristics.
  • Reinfection could be profound which means that people who have contracted COVID 19 and recovered could be more subject to catching it again with this variant.

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