The whole world is once again going to be in the grip of covid infection. The new variant of Corona is growing very fast. So far, more than 1,51,000 Omicron cases have been registered in 108 countries of the world. Omicron is growing rapidly in Europe, Africa, and North America. The condition of the country in this matter is also worrying. According to Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health, there have been 358 cases of Omicron in 17 states here. He has also informed that in the active cases of Omicron, 114 patients have been cured of the infection and 244 patients are presently undergoing treatment.
The World Health Organization’s top official in Europe, Hans Kluge, has said that 89 percent of people with confirmed Omicron infections in Europe have common symptoms with other coronavirus variants, including cough, sore throat, fever.
There is growing concern around the world about Omicron. South African scientists said on Friday that the latest coronavirus spread more than twice as fast as Delta, which was believed to be the most contagious version of the virus.
People with a mild case of Omicron usually recover within one to two weeks. In severe cases, recovery can take six weeks or more, and permanent damage to the heart, kidneys, lungs, and brain can occur.
The activity of the delta variant is also increasing
Omicron is worrying the world at its fast pace. India is also no exception to this. Scientists of the country researched 183 patients to understand its pattern. According to Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, out of 183 cases involved in the research, the vaccination status of only 96 people could be known. 87 out of 96 patients have received both doses of the vaccine.
Significantly, about 50 percent of the patients infected with Omicron are vaccinated. At the same time, 3 such cases have also taken a booster dose. Two people have received only one dose of the vaccine. Only 7 patients have not received the vaccine. No information has been received about the vaccination status of 73 of the remaining patients. Of these, 16 patients are below 18 years of age, so they have not been vaccinated.
Government decision has come on the vaccination and booster dose of 15 to 18 year old children
A vaccination campaign for children is also going to start in the country in the new year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation, has talked about starting the Kovid Vaccination Campaign for children between the ages of 15 and 18 from January 3. Expressing concern over the increasing cases of Omicron, he also informed that the government has decided to administer a booster dose of the Kovid vaccine to the health and frontline workers amid the growing threat of Omicron, which will be started on January 10 in the new year. He also told in his address that people above 60 years of age who are suffering from any serious diseases will also be given a booster dose from January 10. For this, those who want to take a booster dose must have to consult a doctor.
Like all medicines, the COVID-19 vaccine can cause side effects, but not everyone gets it. Most side effects are mild and do not last longer than a week. For example, pain in the hand due to injection. Mild fever etc.
Delta variant still active
The biggest thing is that the Delta variant still has the highest number of cases in the country. According to the Indian Express, Dr. Bhargava says that the Delta variant is still dominant in the country. We need to be careful as well as it is necessary to get the vaccine. Even though the rate of infection of the delta variant is lower than the rate of Omicron, its effect on the patient is very high. We should not forget that this variant has been responsible for the second wave in the country.
Yes, you can be infected with Omicron and you can have a cough or fever without other symptoms. This happens in mild cases. Especially in the first few days. Keep in mind that it is possible to have Omicron even if you have few or no symptoms at all.
In view of the corona epidemic, the central government gave instructions to the state governments
Given the third wave of Corona, the central government has decided to deploy multi-disciplinary teams in 10 states. Under this decision, this team will also be deployed in Bihar. The team from the Center is reviewing the medical preparedness in Bihar. This team is taking information about the tracing and testing system of people with foreign travel history in Bihar and will also review it. Here, tracing of people coming in contact with positive people and reviewing all the actions being taken in this regard. The central team will do genome sequencing and containment zones in Bihar and its monitoring.
It is important to recognize the symptoms of Omicron
- Recognizing the symptoms of Omicron is very important because its symptoms are completely different from the delta variant.
- Fatigue – People infected with Omicron can feel very tired. Too much fatigue is felt in walking or working for a short distance.
- Strange pricking feeling in the throat – There is always a prickling feeling in the throat of a person infected with Omicron. There is a burning sensation or a burning sensation in the prick of the throat.
- Mild fever- The patient suffering from this variant has mild fever. So don’t ignore mild fever.
- Night sweats and body aches – A person infected with Omicron has night sweats. Sweating can be so heavy that even your clothes or bedding can get wet.
- Dry cough- In this the infected person can have dry cough.
- Omicron’s symptom is no loss or loss of taste and aroma.
- In Omicron cases, there has been no loss or loss of flavor and aroma. Similarly, in this, neither the nose is closed due to cold nor the nose remains stuffy.
- No problem in breathing in Omicron
According to Dr. Puneet Musra, Professor of Community Medicine, AIIMS, in most cases of COVID-19, the virus develops in the lungs of the victim, causing breathing problems. But the Omicron virus grows in the throat instead of the lungs. Therefore, there is no complaint of pneumonia in it. This is the reason why the patient does not have trouble breathing.