New Omicron covid-19 variant is a form of coronavirus. It is also known as B.1.1.529. It is classified as a ‘deadly and variant of concern’ by W.H.O. As a result, it has spread huge panic across the globe. Many nations are shutting their doors in the event of a possible new pandemic.
New Omicron covid-19 variant, a variant of concern, says W.H.O
Any virus needs a host to replicate and produce copies of itself. When a virus replicate itself, it doesnot always manage to produce exact copy of itself. Owing to this fact, the virus may start to differ slightly.
It may produce a different genetic sequence. In this case, any changes to the viral genetic sequence is known as mutation. The viruses thus form from such new mutations are called variants.
Uniquely, variants can differ from one or multiple mutations. if a new variant has different functional properties to the parent virus and becomes dominant in a population. It is known as a strain.
Identically, all strains are variants but all variants are not strains. Interestingly, viruses are named according to their properties. The W.H.O. has identified five VOCs and eight variants of interest.
Since may 2021, they are named after the names of Greek alphabets. First ‘Alpha’ , second ‘Nu’ then ‘Xi’ and so on. On the contrary W.H.O. says “Nu is too easily cofounded with ‘new’. Similarly, Xi is a common name.
Likewise, the 15th letter, Omicron, is in use. Thus, the new Covid variant gets its name ‘Omicron’.
What is New Omicron covid-19 variant and how deadly is it?
In the above lines, I mention how Omicron term is in use. Few days back, a new covid-19 variant was detected in South Africa. It was found by an African epidemiologist ‘Salim Abdool Karim’. It was detected on 24th November.
Since then, it is classified by the W.H.O. as a highly deadly variant. In the light of this deadly variant, it has set panic across the globe. As a result, nations started closing their land borders and cancelling international flights.
However, scientists are yet to find the actual fatal rate of this variant. As, it is entirely a new variant. Presently, the ‘Delta variant’ of India is the most dominat strain covering 99% of the globally registering cases.
Globally 24 countries have found the Omicron variant, says W.H.O.https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-59472675
Globally, the Omicron variant has been found in 24 countries. The W.H.O chief tells to media . W.H.O says that there is still much to be learnt about the new variant. Comparatively, W.H.O also points out the effectiveness of existing Covid vaccines against the new variant.
Speaking to the press, Maria Van Kerkhove, the Covid-19 technical head in W.H.O’s Health Emergencies programme, further explains the scenario. She says scientists are yet to figure out its spreading rate.
She quots, “We expect to have more information on transmission within days.” Omicron has quickly raised concerns as scientits believe it can evade vaccines. Moreover, it can possibly acquire immunity from infections in previous strains.
On the other hand, Maria Van, also suggests ways to evade the new strain. She suggests people to stop increasing social mixing. Additionally, she advises common people to take health and social measures. she says what’s effective against the new starin is a common approach. contrary, its not lockdown.
Its things like masking, hygeine, distancing etc. Uniquely, she praises South Africa for its ‘transperancy’ and ‘willingness’. It must be noted that not only South Africa shared information about the virus but also provided some affected virus samples.
Ways to protect yourself from the new variant.
Ways to protect yourself from the new Omicron variant.
Maria Van Kerkhove, the Covid-19 technical head, suggests was to evade the new variant. She recalls the list of W.H.O’s listed precautions. They are :
- Maintaing a social distancing.
- Equally important, is to wear mask in pubic places.
- cleaning hands with soap or alcohol based handrub.
- Getting vaccinated as soon as possible.
- Choosing an open ventilated places over closed ones.
- Covering your nose and mouth if you sneeze or cough.
- In the light of, any ailment kindly seek medical assistance and stay at home.
If someone has fever, cough or difficulty breathing, immediately seek medical attention. Like-wise, call in advance yoiur healthcare peovider. As, it ensures right healthcare assistance. Conversely, it protects you and prevents virus sprea
Additionally, good quality N-95 masks can help prevent the spread of virus.Further, it requires proper physical distancing and hand hygeine. Above all, sincerely follow the guidelines of the local health authority to avoid any unforeseen problem.
Possible impact of Omicron on Global economic system.
Although, scientists are yet to gather more information on Omicron. It has already led to havoc and panic particularly in the Western countries. Besides, experts are raising concerns that it may impact global economic recovery.
Experts say that failing to curb the new variant can prove disastrous. As, it may spike massive global infections. A leading economic think tank of O.E.C.D (Organistaion for Economic Cooperation and Development) expresses grave concerns.
He says, if Omicron becomes a dominat variant. It can force western goverments to impose fresh restrictions and and financial support. Thereby, it will affect the businesses and househlod.
The foremost matter of concern is the Omicron’s spreading rates. Western countries are in worry as it is spreading at an alarming rate. Horrifically, it may renew covid wave. It will ultimately worsen the global economic recovery, if not controlled in time. It may also trigger higher inflation. As, experts believe it will affect the global supply chain.
The global economy is hanging in the beam of crisis. The initial impacts of Omicron is already visible. The first sector affected is the ‘travel and tourism’ sector. This sector is first to witness the initial economics effects of the Omicron variant.
The world is ignorant of a steady vaccination drive.
Similarly, the aviation, restaurant and other similar sectors are already facing initial economic downfall. The vision to review the global economy is going dark. Helplessness against the new covid variant are making nations worried and paranoid.
The slow vaccination-drive is no match against fast spreading Omicron. The W.H.O’s Covax Charity programme is a theoritical reality. The richer nations are reluctant to give their vaccine patent rights.
In the light of new variant, the chaos is increasing. The new Omicron wave will trigger because of our short-sightedness. Nations are helping each other in economic recover.
Ironically, at the same time are failing to focus on vaccination of the world. Horrifically, this is the most blarring concern that everyone is neglecting.