Can the Omicron variant of COVID-19 be serious in India?

On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified a new variant Omicron because of its varying concern. South African and international researchers are studying Omicron and will share their findings as they become available. The new 'Omicron' variety has had a significant impact on India, which is one of those countries.

According to Dr. Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and Chair of the Health Metrics Sciences at the University of Washington, India is likely to have the same number of illnesses during the Omicron-driven surge as it did during the Delta wave.

Omicron variant

Omicron Warnings Issued!

The Omicron version of the Covid-19 virus will rapidly spread throughout India. All countries should plan for the worst case situation when it comes to hospital planning. Omicron infects patients with prior infections substantially more frequently than earlier versions. According to preliminary findings, it is also causing an upsurge in vaccine-related infections.

This mutation appears to raise the likelihood of developing breakthrough infections; however, it is too early to determine if such infections would cause serious disease.

Symptoms of Omicron

Although Omicron's symptoms are milder than Delta's, the mounting cases have sparked fears about the coronavirus's third wave. As a result of the strain's newness and lack of data, it's too early to say anything regarding Omicron infection complications or vaccine effectiveness.

Omicron's initial symptoms include a low-grade temperature, tiredness, scratchy throat, and muscle ache. Omicron is not related with loss of smell or taste, which was a common symptom of Delta variant infection. There is no information on post-infection complications of the new variety of concern. Researchers are currently gathering data on this new strain discovered in South Africa a month ago.

Considering the seriousness, the WHO has outlined many methods for preventing Omicron transmission.

  • Wear a mask when you step out
  • Keep a physical distance
  • Avoid congested areas and social gatherings
  • Open windows for better ventilation
  • Get vaccinated immediately
  • Hands should be sanitized periodically

Medical experts worry because they anticipate that late January or early February will see an increase in Omicron cases in India. In the United States, hospitalizations and deaths will remain substantially below the September Delta-peak and well below the winter peaks seen in 2020-2021.

Dr. Christopher said, "In less than two months, the Omicron variety will cause three billion illnesses globally. India may witness the same number of illnesses as during the Delta wave during this surge."

Taking the current scenario into consideration, the World Health Organization issued a warning indicating an increased chance of the emergence of a newer, more deadly form.

All you need to do is stay home and stay safe!