How different is the new variant Omicron from the Delta variant? Latest Updates

Covid-19 has to be the most attended word from the past few years because of its deadly nature. The covid mutation was a nightmare for people all over the globe. After battling the war-like situation, the world’s condition was stable until the delta variant was determined to reach such intensity. 

The term genetic variant generally called- the variant is there to represent an isoform of a virus that is specifically different from the source strain. Now, Covid 19 mutated several times as sourced by the WHO and impacted the world largely. However, Evert variant had its consequences. Some were mild, whereas some were deadly including, the Delta variant.

There is another mutative covid variant discovered which is not properly examined to know everything about it. The variant is known as Omicron.

However, Early data specifically indicate that the new variant omicron is favorably much more contagious than the delta variant. Dr. Angelique Coetzee discovered the new covid variant omicron, which suggests that patients infected with the omicron variant have mild symptoms including exhaustion, headache, and a thorny throat.

In addition, all variants under coronavirus are considered deadly, including the Delta variant, which may cause death or intense illness. Preventing through social distancing or mere hygiene may deem helpful as the saying goes- prevention is better than cure.

Omnicron Variant Cases in India and worldwide are increasing which can be dangerous & can lead to the third wave.

Symptoms of the two variants- Delta and Omicron Variant

Symptoms of Omnicron Variant
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No early data suggest that Omicron induces more severe illness likened to Delta. Presently, there are no data to back that the symptoms linked with Omicron are distinct from other variants, including the delta variant.  

However, the most common symptoms of the covid series are as followed:

  • fever
  • agitation
  • cough
  • exhaustion
  • loss of taste and smell
  • sore/aching throat
  • aches
  • fatigue
  • diarrhea in rare cases.

Severe symptoms:

  • breathlessness
  • loss of mobility
  • chest lumps
  • chest ache.

Which is more transferable between the two variants- Delta and Omicron?

Omicron is stated to have around thirty mutations, making it stand out as a concern. The World Health Organisation expressed its concern in a statement noting that the data offered indicates that if another wave of Covid-19 in the form of Omicron takes place, then the consequences would be even worse. In other words, there is no broad information yet to be shared related to the transferability of the newly added variant. However, some beliefs are to be put forward as it says omicron is three times more transferable than any other variant, but the severity is yet to be examined.

The Bottom Line

As of now, curbing the spread of the newly added variant and preventing another wave of destruction has to be our primary priority. There is no need to carry unrequired stress when you can simply prevent it by taking some simple hygiene measures. Social distancing (at least 1 meter) is one of the most crucial norms one should do at people’s level other than wearing masks and sanitizing.

On the government level, surveillance regarding covid norms has been strengthened. Travel guidelines have been revised as per the requirements of the state. Covid testing has been increased accordingly.

FAQs of Omnicron Variant

  1. Is the Omicron covid variant is more transmissible than the Delta variant?
    Early clinical data from Singapore’s Ministry of Health indicate that the Omicron variant may be more transmissible than the Delta or any discovered variant of the covid till now, but is not proved yet.

  2. After getting jabbed why do some people get fever and fatigue?
    The blood flow is increased in the body to improve the circulation of the resistant immune cells, which leads to a boost in the levels of body temperature causing fever to some. This is due to the immune response mainly.

  3. After getting fully vaccinated can you contract with omicron?
    Yes definitely, none of the vaccines are fully effective. People can still get any variant of covid-19 after getting the full course of vaccination. Regardless, the vaccination will protect you from the deadly side of the virus.

  4. Have the Omicron cases been mild so far?
    Yes, for now, Omicron cases have been mild, but there is more research needed to understand the severity of the new variant. 

Sources

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health-news/coronavirus-could-covids-omicron-and-delta-variant-prompt-a-more-dangerous-strain-an-expert-decodes/photostory/88092503.cms?picid=88092509

https://www.businessinsider.com/omicron-causes-less-severe-disease-experts-too-early-to-know-2021-12

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