Omicron

Omicron: Survivors of the Delta variant are more at risk of Omicron

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On the one hand, the cases of Corona are decreasing in the country, while on the other hand, the threat of a new variant Omicron is looming on its head. Experts believe that caution is necessary from Corona because the disease is already present in the country. There is no reason to be too frightened about Omicron because its threat will be around 20 per cent of the country’s population. They have not yet developed immunity against Corona.

Various surveys conducted in the country indicate that corona antibodies are present in about 80 per cent or more of the population. Meaning populations infected with Alpha and Delta should not be at risk of Omicron.

Dr Rakesh Mishra, Senior Scientist and former Director, Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), said that full facts are yet to come about the infectivity of Omicron.

It has spread rapidly in South Africa, but the reason for this is not clear. Were there such programs where the crowd was more and people were not careful or did it spread rapidly despite all the precautions? Until it is detected, its infectivity cannot be accurately assessed. Similarly, it is also clear in the information that even though the infection may be intensifying, the cases of the dreaded disease are fewer.

20 per cent of the population is more at risk of Omicron:

Dr Jugal Kishore, Director, Department of Community Medicine, Vardhman Mahaveer Medical College, said that about 20 per cent of the country’s population may be more vulnerable to the new variant. He said that the first wave was an infection of the alpha variant. But when Delta transitioned in the second wave, those people hit by Alpha did not get the infection. There may be exceptions only in some cases. Similarly, if Omicron is infected, the population that has been infected with Alpha and Delta should not be at risk.

How effective is the vaccine?
According to Dr Jugal Kishore, almost the entire population in Singapore has been vaccinated, yet Omicron infection has occurred there. According to a report in Nature, 75 per cent of people who have been vaccinated in Singapore have been found to have corona infection again. Whereas in India, the cases of infection after vaccination have been estimated to be close to 27 per cent. Although the infection was very mild in both countries. People in India have high natural immunity against Corona as 80 per cent of the population has suffered from Corona. Secondly, there is a massive Covaccine in India which may be more effective against this variant than other vaccines. Because it is made against the whole virus, it is not focused on any particular strain.

Corona Hotspot New Dangers:

Dr Mishra said that the danger is not only of Omicron but also the new hotspots of Corona. He said that the second wave is over. But the disease is present in the country, so 8-9 thousand new infections are happening daily. In such a situation, new hotspots can be created due to congested activities. Especially school-college, politico-religious rallies, marriage-marriage celebrations, market etc., this problem can become severe. Because if even one infected reaches such places, it will infect those who do not have immunity against Corona. In such a situation, the first important step is that people follow the corona protocol. Secondly, complete vaccination should be done as soon as possible. This will minimize this risk.

Meaning of 32 mutations:
According to Dr Mishra, 32 mutations in Omicron are expressed the most, but the high number of mutations is not a sign of its contagiousness or horror. Even one mutation can be more dangerous, and 32 mutations can be of lesser effect. However, according to the information so far, changes in the basic structure of the virus in Omicron have not been confirmed.

Next two weeks decisive
Dr Mishra said that the next two weeks will be decisive regarding Omicron. Because in the meantime, the final scientific results regarding its infectiousness and horrors etc., will also come out.