What You Should Know About the New COVID-19 Omicron Variant

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is the latest variant of this virus to be reported. The WHO, on 26th November 2021, classified it as a variant of concern (VOC). This variant has developed because of mutations in the COVID-19 virus that have changed how the virus behaves.

What do we know So Far?

Initial findings show the Covid-19 Omicron Variant could be less severe than the Delta variant. It was first discovered in South Africa. Scientists are in top gear to gather as much information as possible about this variant.

Uncovering information about genetic changes in Omicron, its speed of spread, the effect of vaccination, and how it presents in patients is critical to help fight its spread.

The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is cautioning countries around the world not to treat this variant as “mild” but to employ all the known methods to prevent its spread.

New variants, such as the Covid-19 Omicron Variant, remind us that the COVID-19 pandemic is still with us. People should get vaccinated and booster doses to prevent severe COVID-19 disease.

Also, people should follow the existing guidelines on limiting the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing masks, physical distancing, and frequent hand washing.

Is This Variant More Contagious?

Preliminary evidence shows that the Omicron Variant is spreading faster than others. The good news is vaccination and other precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 that have been effective against other variants of this virus will help mitigate Omicron.

How Is Omicron Affecting the Vaccinated vs. Non-vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccines are the ideal public health measure to protect the masses from infections, severe disease, and death.

Breakthrough infections are less likely to occur in persons who are fully vaccinated, as with other variants of COVID-19. They are effective at preventing hospitalizations, severe illness, and deaths.

The emergence of the Covid-19 Omicron Variant highlights the significance of vaccination and booster doses.

Get vaccinated today to help mitigate the risks of COVID-19 infection. If you’re already vaccinated, you’re encouraged to get a booster dose. Visit West Oakland Health to get vaccinated. Call (510) 835-9610 to make an appointment.