Omicron, the Variant of COVID-19 to Watch Out for

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Omicron, the Variant of COVID-19 to Watch Out for
Omicron, the Variant of COVID-19 to Watch Out for
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COVID-19 Omicron variant was first identified in South Africa. This variant has been defined by the World He alth Organization (WHO) as a variant of concern due to the fast transmission rate

The Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) is one of the mutations of the Corona virus. Based on the evidence available so far, the Omicron variant has a high mutation rate that can have an impact on the characteristics of the virus, including the rate of virus transmission and the severity of the disease caused.

Omicron, Variant of COVID-19 that Needs to be Watched - Alodokter

In addition, other preliminary evidence suggests that the Omicron variant is at a higher risk of causing recurrent infections when compared to other variants, such as the Delta variant.

Facts About Variant COVID-19 Omicron

Until now, there is no evidence or information regarding the typical symptoms of infection with Omicron variants. This means that the symptoms of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 are not much different from the symptoms of COVID-19 in general, namely:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Easy to get tired
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of sense of smell (anosmia) or taste (ageusia)

The level of virus transmission and the severity of disease due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 infection are still being studied. Preliminary data suggest that there is an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in South Africa as the Omicron variant spreads.

However, this could be due to a mixture of COVID-19 cases due to various variants, not just the Omicron variant. As far as initial reports go, this variant tends to cause mild symptoms.

In addition, based on other clinical data, the number of hospitalizations is estimated to be higher in the Delta variant of COVID-19.

On the other hand, the Omicron variant is also thought to increase the incidence of recurrent infections. This means that people who have previously been infected with any variant of the Corona virus are more at risk of being re-infected with the Omicron variant. However, this is also still in the stage of further research.

The Ability of the COVID-19 Vaccine Against Omicron Variants

Currently, WHO and a large number of researchers around the world are conducting studies to better understand the Omicron variant, including vaccine performance, COVID-19 diagnostic tests, and treatment effectiveness.

Any type of COVID-19 vaccine is still considered effective in reducing the severity of illness and death.

PCR tests to diagnose COVID-19 are also still being used to detect infection with various viral variants, including the Omicron variant. Meanwhile, studies are still underway to determine whether this variant has an impact on other types of COVID-19 tests, such as antigen tests.

For the treatment of COVID-19, corticosteroids and IL6 receptor blockers are still considered effective in treating severe COVID-19 patients. Other treatments are still being evaluated to see if they are still effective in treating Omicron variant infections, given the changes in virus characteristics.

WHO will continue to monitor and evaluate available data and assess how mutations in Omicron variants alter virus behavior.

In response to the presence of the Omicron variant, you are advised not to panic immediately and are advised to remain vigilant and comply with he alth protocols to reduce the risk of contracting.

The steps to prevent transmission of the Omicron variant of the Corona virus are the same as the prevention of COVID-19 in general, namely:

  • Do a full dose of vaccination
  • Maintain physical distance from other people, at least 1 meter
  • Wear the correct mask
  • Increase ventilation when in a closed room
  • Avoiding crowds
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Covering nose and mouth with elbow or tissue when coughing and sneezing

If you still have questions regarding the Omicron variant, you can ask the doctor directly or through the chat feature in the ALODOKTER application. Through this application, you can also make an appointment with a doctor at the hospital if you need an in-person examination.

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