Symptoms commonly experienced by people infected with coronavirus such as fever and loss of taste or smell are still the three main symptoms to watch out for.
Until now, researchers in various countries are still conducting research to understand more about the new variant of the corona virus, namely the B.1.1 variant. 529 or Omicron variant.
Ongoing studies cover aspects of transmission, the severity of infection (including symptoms), the effectiveness of vaccines and diagnostic tests, as well as the effectiveness of treatment.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is also calling on more countries to contribute to the collection and sharing of inpatient data.
In addition, WHO provides a number of recommendations for actions for countries and individuals to take preventive measures for Omicron variants.
How to prevent and Overcome Covid-19 Omicron variant
The most effective steps individuals can take to reduce infection and prevent Covid-19, including the Omicron variant are:
- Keep a physical distance of at least one meter from others.
- Wear the mask properly.
- Open the windows to improve air circulation in the room.
- Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated rooms.
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
- Apply the ethics of sneezing and coughing.
- Get the Covid-19 vaccine up to full dose.
Since Omicron is included in the Variant of Concern category, there are several other measures recommended by WHO for countries to take, namely:
- Improved surveillance and sorting of cases.
- Share genome sequences on publicly available databases.
- Report the case or cluster early to who.
- Conduct field investigations.
- Conduct laboratory assessment investigations to better understand Omicron's character.
Authorities in each country should also continue to implement health protocols in pandemic times to reduce the rate of infection.
Some public health facilities and medical capacity to manage the increase in cases must also be prepared.
As a form of support, WHO provides guidance to countries for readiness and response.
In addition, it is also important to overcome injustices in access to the Covid-19 vaccine.
Make sure each vulnerable group gets the vaccine to full dose, in addition to fair access to treatment.
Symptoms of Omicron variant
To date, there have been no reports of deaths from this variant of Omicron.
This variant has slightly different symptoms from Delta, including aches and pains, but no loss of taste or smell.
However, there is no definitive data on the symptoms caused by this variant.
Currently, the World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no evidence that Omicron's symptoms are different from other variants.
That means a new cough, fever, and loss of taste or smell are still the three main symptoms to watch out for.
According to a WHO report on Nov. 26, 2021, several laboratories have shown one of the three target genes was not detected by pcr testing.
Therefore, PCR tests can still be used to detect Omicron variants while waiting for the results of genome sequencing.
In addition, it is also important to overcome injustices in access to the Covid-19 vaccine. Make sure each vulnerable group gets the vaccine to full dose, in addition to fair access to treatment.