The World Health Organization identified another COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, also known as Omicron is now a Variant of Concern and was discovered back in November 26th 2021. It is reportedly carrying more than 50 mutations including earlier variant such as Alpha and Beta. Omicron was initially identified in Botswana, South Africa, and has since risen to more than 110 countries worldwide.
There are 12,947 confirmed cases in Europe of this variant as of December 21st, 2021. 10,866 are from the United Kingdom.
VACCINATION AND SYMPTOMS
Omicron can cause five symptoms: runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing, and sore throat. While its symptoms are less severe than other variants, it is still essential to keep the public safe and follow strict health protocols. Everyone is at risk regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not as this variant can evade neutralizing antibodies. You can isolate yourself and take a pcr test if you suspect you might be showing symptoms of the virus.
HOW DO YOU PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS?
Here are some other ways to protect yourself and your family from the Coronavirus-19 aside from being vaccinated.
- 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.
The world continues to fight COVID-19, and it is constantly evolving with new variants. This is not the right time to relax. Keep in mind that you must stay healthy and follow all health protocols. Do not hesitate to take a Rapid antigen test if you suspect you may have COVID-19 symptoms.
To know more about the COVID 19 Omicron variant, you can read this infographic from Harley Medic International.