In just one week since the introduction of the COVID-19 omicron variety, there has been renewed concern about how people will be affected. We will cover most important things which everyone should know.
Its symptoms are similar to other types of COVID-19. Symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. According to the CDC, here’s what to look for:
- Feeling feverish or cold.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent chest pain or pressure
- New confusion
- Failure to wake up or wake up.
- Yellow, gray, or blue skin, lips, or nail bed, depending on skin color
How to prevent?
Like other types, health leaders say people should get vaccines and booster shots. They are encouraging people to distance themselves socially, wear masks, keep their hands clean, and get fresh air and ventilation whenever possible.
Viruses are always changing, which can lead to a new form of the virus. One type does not usually affect the way the virus works.
Omicron has been labeled a type of concern because it has a number of variations that the WHO says could affect how easily it spreads, how it affects your health, And how effective can existing vaccines be against it?
According to the WHO, this type of infection has been detected faster than the previous increase. It is not clear whether omicron is more transferable than other types. However, after being first identified, the variety is now dominant in South Africa and is found all over the world.
When it is found?
According to the World Health Organization, the first COVID-19 sample with the Omicron type was taken on November 9 in South Africa. However, it was not identified until November 24, when the South African government informed the WHO.
WHO designates SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.529 variant, now known as omicron, as a type of concern 2 days later. Although it was first identified in South Africa, its origin is unclear.
Cases in Countries:
In the United States, cases have been reported in New York, California, Minnesota, Colorado, and Hawaii. While some of them traveled, others did not, indicating that the virus is already spreading in the community.
Some of the people who had the variant were vaccinated, some were not and they had COVID-19 first. No case has been identified in Ohio as of December 3, 2021.
Omicron has also been identified in about 3 dozen countries.
According to the WHO, preliminary data show that omecron causes an increased risk of re-infection, meaning that people who previously had COVID-19 may be more easily re-infected.