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Is the Omicron variant of covid-19 more contagious?
31 Jan 2022
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The covid-19 virus is forming its new variants very speedily. The latest one is Omicron. According to many studies, It has more transmission power and sometimes it can also be more dangerous than other variants.

Even if you are vaccinated, you must be very careful.

But what do you have to do to be safe from these?

Now let’s look at dive into more details.

Transmissibility

The fact is it is not very clear whether Omicron is more transmissible or not. But as per the latest studies, the highly mutated Omicron variant is more likely to spread internationally. Also, this variant has more risk of reinfection.

The severity of disease

We all heard that the Omicron variant is less severe than others.

In fact, how valid is this point?

Let’s look at some real-world cases.

South Africa was the first country that hit with Omicron wave. Research led by the national institute for communicable diseases has shown that Omicron-affected individuals had a lower risk of being admitted when compared with other variants. More accurately, 80% reduction in risk.

Maybe, we can consider this study to consider Omicron as less severe than other variants. Although the researchers adjusted for known prior SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination status, incomplete vaccination data, and the possibility of many re-infections not being detected means this remains a possibility.

Effectiveness of SARS-Cov-2-Infection

Earlier pieces of evidence suggest that there is more chance with reinfection of Omicron as compared to other ones. Researchers are still studying the effectiveness of covid-19 vaccines. The problem here is information is still limited. But there may be a reduction in the effectiveness of vaccines against illness and death.

Studies are underway:-

Organizations like WHO is conducting a large number of researches including many scientists. 

Also WHO encourages countries to contribute the collection and sharing of the hospitalized patients’ data to the WHO platform to easily understand the patient’s situation.

As more information and studies emerge in the coming days, hoping we can evaluate and monitor the data more precisely. It will lead us to understand the mutation in Omicron and how this affects people.

What you can do?

Recommended actions for people

As we did when the covid-19 arrived, try to keep the minimum distance of 1 meter from others. It is the most basic one. Another one is as usual wear a mask properly. Avoid crowded spaces and meetings, keep your hands clean, and most importantly, get vaccinated at your turn.

Can the Omicron-variant of COVID-19 spread through the air?

It is one of the most asked questions about the Omicron variant. Let’s try to figure it out.

Omicron is spreading at a pace that’s comparable to how fast the first variant of coronavirus spread at the beginning of the pandemic. Even all the preventing methods are in our hands. Like other variants, Omicron spreads from the nose and mouth through respiratory droplets at close range and through virus particles that float through the air and can stay suspended for quite a while, especially in places with poor ventilation.

With that being said, it is our responsibility to be aware of the symptoms of covid-19.

Here are symptoms you must be careful of.

Most common symptoms:-

Fever, cough, tiredness, loss of taste or smell are the most common symptoms of the Omicron variant.

Less common symptoms:-

Throat, headache, aches, and discoloration of fingers are the less common symptoms.

Now let’s take a look at 

Serious symptoms:-

If you have any kind of difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, or chest pain, there is more likely you are affected with Omicron.

So make sure to consult the doctor if you have any of these symptoms.

Can COVID-19 be transmitted through food?

There is no solid evidence that shows covid-19 can spread from food currently. 

But it doesn’t mean that you have to be careful when you eat them.

Try to wash your hands with soap and water and clean vegetables and fruits with clean water.

Also, some assumptions eating ginger and garlic can prevent covid-19. According to WHO, there is no evidence to justify this.

How does COVID-19 affect the lungs?

Lungs are one of the organs that affect Covid-19 badly.

Here are three ways that can affect our lungs.

1-Covid-19 pneumonia

Pneumonia that Covid-19 causes can make huge damage to the lungs. Air sacs in the lungs fill with fluid, limiting their ability to take oxygen and causing shortness of breath, cough, and other symptoms.

Most people will escape from this situation. But in some cases, it can be severe. Even after the disease is cured, you may experience breathing difficulties. It can take months to get 100% relief.

2-Acute respiratory distress syndrome(ARDS)

As a result of covid-19 pneumonia, there is a chance for more and more sacs filled with fluid leaking from the tiny blood vessels in the lungs. It can lead you to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which is an indication of lung failure. 

3- Sepsis

This is a complicated stage where infection occurs all around the body. Means spread through the bloodstream and causes tissue damage everywhere it goes. 

Our body works as an engine means there is irreplaceable cooperation between all organs. When caught up with sepsis, this collapses. 

Even if the patient survives this situation somehow, there is more likely he should have long-lasting damage to the lungs and heart.

Conclusion

Take all the precautions you can. Omicron is dangerous. If everyone takes responsibility, we can escape from another pandemic. 

Are you still confused about the symptoms of Omicron? 

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