Omicron Variant What we know about the new coronavirus variant-01

Omicron Variant: What we know about the new coronavirus variant

On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization identified Omicron as a Variant of Concern. Currently, it has surged in more than 110 countries worldwide. Researchers said that the Omicron variant comprises more than 50 mutations, making it more infectious than the other coronavirus strains. With the increasing number of cases, particularly in Europe, individuals should take extra precautionary measures to avoid being infected. 

 

According to the study, the transmission rate of the Omicron variant is about 2.5 to 3 days, shorter than Delta. It is highly transmissible and can saturate health facilities if overwhelmed. Unlike other variants, Omicron is less severe for some individuals, especially if the person is already vaccinated. However, it is not a valid reason to dismiss mild symptoms and underestimate the booster shot. A booster shot can increase the efficacy of your vaccine to fight Omicron and other variants. 

 

PCR test vs. Antigen Test

The best way to determine if you are infected or not is to get a coronavirus test. It is essential, especially if you are going to travel or attend a gathering. You can either get a PCR test or an antigen test. An antigen test detects protein fragments specific to the Coronavirus. It can be performed in a doctor’s office, clinic, hospital, or at your home. The turnaround time is speedy. You can receive the results in 15 minutes. The PCR tests, on the contrary, are more accurate and better at detecting small amounts of viral DNA. In the UK, the PCR test is a mandatory requirement for travel. 

 

The World Health Organization and the CDC have issued guidelines regarding the COVID-19 virus. Get vaccinated and stay at home.

To know more about virus prevention, read this infographic titled Omicron Variant: What we know about the new coronavirus variant by Harley Medic International. 

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