What Is Omicron?
Omicron is a new variant of coronavirus. According to research and studies, it is stated that omicron is more infectious than the delta variant of coronavirus. People who were affected by covid-19 are seen to get recurrent infections.
In terms of symptoms and infections, the new variant is slightly milder than the previous ones. However, more studies and researches are being performed to get a clear idea of the infectious property of the virus.
The earlier vaccination provided for covid-19 has the lesser capability to fight the new variant. So, vaccinated individuals are also getting infections. However, people with two doses of the vaccine seem to be a lot more protected from the effect of the infection. Mild fever and body pain for a few days is seen. On the other hand, people with single or no vaccination are seen to show strong symptoms.
Spread Of Omicron
The spread of omicron is the same as that of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
According to CDC and WHO:
- Any infected person, even with a double dose and complete vaccination can spread the virus.
- Any individual with no vaccination as well as individuals who are fully vaccinated has the same chances of getting the virus if exposed to it.
- There can be differences in symptoms between a vaccinated and a non-vaccinated individual.
- It is best to limit the cause of gathering and wear masks to minimize or stop the spread of the virus.
Severity Of Omicron
- From the collected information of various studies and researches, it is stated that the virus is more infectious(can spread faster) but is less strong in terms of symptoms, than the previous variant of coronavirus.
- The new variant is causing a narrow range of symptoms in vaccinated individuals.
- Compared to the previous variant, omicron is leading to lesser hospitalizations and lesser impact on the lungs.
- The symptoms can be easily cured at home with few medications.
- The health status of the patients are also getting back to normal within a week of the infection.
- CDC and WHO are still collecting data on the severity of the virus.
- More focus is given on the reason behind the reinfection in vaccinated individuals and those who have been previously infected by the coronavirus.
Symptoms Of Omicron
The symptoms of the new variant of coronavirus, the omicron, are milder than the previous variant. Some of the symptoms are:
- Fever and chills.
- Body pain especially in the joints and along the backbone.
- Sore throats after a few days.
- Coughing and sneezing.
- Runny and stuffy nose.
- Weakness, fatigue and lethargy.
- Muscle pain.
The new reports say that vomiting and loss of appetite are also symptoms of omicron.
Treatment Options For Omicron
- The treatment options of omicron mainly focus on symptom management by medicines.
- According to WHO corticosteroids and IL-6 receptor blockers are effective to reduce the effect.
- In the case of homeopathic medicines, medicines designed for fever and chills, cough and cold, body pain, sore throat, etc. are effective to treat the symptoms.
- Most symptoms settle back and the patient usually gets back to his/her normal state with fewer medications.
- Vaccines: vaccines available in the market like Covershield, Covaxin, Moderna, BioNTech, etc. are still found to be the most effective way to fight the symptoms of the omicron virus.
- Vaccinated patients have a narrow range of symptoms and can get well with the minimum dose of medicines.
What Can Be Done At Home: Precautions And Care
All the necessary precautions and effective home remedies are mentioned below:
- Wearing proper well-fitted masks while going out is extremely essential. Double layered and N95 masks are the most effective ones available in the market.
- Drinking hot tea with ingredients like cinnamon, clove, bay leaves, and ginger can be really beneficial.
- Proper sanitization after coming from outside should be done religiously.
- Sanitization of the entire house should be done once a week.
- Proper sanitization of the packages or goods from outside should be done. The goods must be quarantined for 24-48 hours before opening or using.
- Maintaining a physical distance of at least 1 meter should be followed.
- Avoiding crowded places is the best way to protect oneself and others from the infection.
- Building a strong immunity: a strong immunity should be built by taking vaccinations (if not taken), eating healthy and nutritious foods, keeping oneself hydrated and exercising regularly.
- Coughing or sneezing should be done on the bent elbow. Disposable tissues can be used and should be disposed properly.
- Vapours can be taken once a week to avoid the chances of sore throats and a stuffy nose.
- If the person faces symptoms then a self kit can be used to get tested. The person can also use at home hospital facilities to get tested.
- If the person is suffering from omicron then they must make sure to isolate themselves from the rest of the family members.
- Online treatment can be used to get treated at home.
When Should Someone Get Tested?
- If confronted with any sign of symptoms, it is best to get treated immediately.
- Self-care kits are also available in the market. So, the person can test themselves in the comfort of their home without going out. It also minimizes the risk of spreading the virus.
- Delaying the process might worsen the condition.
- According to the symptoms, the person has the chance of having both a common cold and a covid. So, if tested positive for any variant of coronavirus, necessary precautions should be taken.
- The patient must remain in quarantine to stop the further spread of the virus.
- As there is a lesser requirement of hospitalizations, patients can get well staying at their home without facing any major complications.
- According to the studies and reports, it is informed that the health condition of the person can get well within a week of the infection.
- In the case of non-vaccinated individuals, the recovery phase might take a few more weeks.
- The best way to minimize the effect of omicron is to stay vaccinated.
- If the proper wearing of masks is practiced and social gatherings are avoided, the spread can be stopped and controlled.
The above-mentioned remedies and medicines; are over the counter medicines (most of them) and are effective in most cases. It is advisable to contact the doctor before taking any medications.
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