What is Omicron?
The word omicron refers to the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet. Greek letters are used to identify major COVID-19 variants. A new COVID-19 Variant was identified in South Africa on 24 November 2021 and detected in Canada soon after. This variant of COVID was named as “Omicron” by the World Health Organization’s TAG-VE or Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution on 26 November 2021.
Omicron variant is technically known as the B.1.1.529 variant. It was first labeled by the WHO as a “Variant Under Monitoring” (VUM). It was named Omicron when it was reclassified as a “Variant of Concern” (VOC). This category is reserved for variants associated with a higher risk to public health.
At present this variant is spreading rapidly across the globe and his highly contagious
What are the symptoms of omicron?
A lot of the Omicron symptoms are looking like the common cold or viral illness of the respiratory tract. Top five symptoms of omicron are runny nose, headache, sneezing, persistent cough and sore throat. Most common symptoms for Omicron are fever, cough, loss of taste or smell and tiredness. Less common symptoms are sore throat, headache, aches, pains, diarrhea, skin rash, discoloration of fingers or toes. One prominent symptom of omicron is low back pain as found through a study from south Africa.
The symptoms of Omicron develop quickly once infected. Several studies have found that the time it takes to develop symptoms after being exposed also known as incubation period is about three days.
How dangerous is Omicron?
The majority of people infected with omicron have a mix of symptoms that resolve relatively quickly and don’t require hospital care. The Doctors are finding many of these cases tend to look like an ordinary upper respiratory infection. As more cases of Omicron have been reported, symptoms of the variant appear to be more similar in nature to the common cold.
Many patients are neither having difficulty to breathe nor dealing with low oxygen levels. Even severe infection in the lungs like Pneumonia is also not that common. Large scale vaccination is also protecting patients from severe complications in omicron. So less number of patients needs supplemental oxygen or intubation.
Who is at risk?
Omicron does appear to be less severe, especially in those vaccinated, but it does not mean it should be labeled as mild infection. Omicron infection may lead to complications of an existing condition such as diabetes or heart failure and other co morbid illness.
Can better immunity protect from Omicron?
As multiple variants of COVID like Omicron, Delta etc. are emerging, staying healthy and strengthening immunity is the key to fight this virus. The immunity can be strengthened through good nourishment, adopting a healthy lifestyle, proper sleep and adequate exercise. Ayurveda advocates daily regimes and seasonal regimes to maintain healthy life and immunity. Ayurvedic medicine for immunity includes herbs which reduce cell damage and maintain tissue integrity. Herbs like turmeric, black paper, long pepper and ginger strengthen immunity and prevent respiratory tract infections.
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