Omicron Variant 6 Times Powerful Than Delta Variant, Don’t Ignore These Symptoms
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Omicron, a new variant of Corona found in South Africa, has once again raised the concerns of the people. Cases of Omicron are constantly being found in other countries.
A new variant of coronavirus B.1.1.529 (Omicron) has become a new problem in front of the world. The WHO has expressed concern about this and listed it as a “Variant of Concern”. Experts around the world claim that there is no effect of monoclonal antibody therapy on dangerous variants like Omicron. Many new things have also come to the fore regarding the strength and characteristics of this variant.
How dangerous is the Omicron variant?
Based on preliminary analysis of Omicron infection in other countries including South Africa, it is being described as six times more powerful than the delta variant. Delta is the same variant that caused havoc in India during the second wave of Corona. This variant can also trick the immune system. According to a New York Times report, Omicron is more infectious than the previous variants and can also neutralize the immune response caused by vaccination or natural infection.
According to experts, the most mutated version of the virus has ever been seen in Omicron. Never before have so many mutations been seen in a single virus. This is the reason why scientists are worried about the new variant. Scientists say that Omicron is genetically different from previous beta and delta variants, but it is not yet known whether these genetic changes make it more dangerous.
Neutralizing monoclonal antibody therapy
The delta variant, which has been reported to be more infectious, appears to have an effect on monoclonal antibody therapy. While this therapy has no effect on the Delta Plus variant, which is considered a miracle cure in the early stages of COVID-19 infection. Omicron is the second variant after the delta plus variant, which is not affected by monoclonal antibody treatment.
What are the symptoms of Omicron infection?
Doctor Angelique Coetzee, who was the first to identify the Omicron variant in South Africa, told the BBC, ‘I first saw its symptoms in a young man who was about 30 years old.’ She told that the patient was very tired. He was complaining of pain all over the body along with a mild headache. He also had a problem like sneezing. However, he neither had a cough nor was showing any symptoms like loss of taste and smell. The doctor gave this reaction only after seeing a small group of patients. She has not made any clear claim about how most people will have its symptoms.
Dr. Coetzee told that when she found a person infected with a new variant of COVID-19 in South Africa, She examined his entire family. Unfortunately, all the family members were in the grip of infection. However, very mild symptoms were seen in all the infected. Dr. Coetzee said that patients with mild symptoms do not need to be admitted to the hospital. Such patients can be treated at home.
This country is in the grip of Omicron
The dangerous Omicron variant found in South Africa has spread to many countries so far. On Saturday, new cases were registered in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Israel, and Hong Kong. In Britain too, after two cases of Omicron were reported, the government has swung into action regarding masks, social distancing, and testing. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert in the US, said that it would not be surprising if cases of the Omicron variant were seen in the US as well.