You have to be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of the new mutation in the COVID-19 variant called Omicron. COVID-19 has claimed over 55,36,609 lives in the last couple of years, the Delta variant being the most prominent of them all. In these vulnerable times, access to the best hospital in Oman is vital. So to raise awareness it is recommended by experts that you use the DoktorOman App to get online doctor consultations and stay safe.
As the world is recovering from the devastating effects of the previous variants, a new mutation has emerged from the shadows called Omicron. Omicron derived from the Greek alphabet “o” mikron, this latest mutation has raised concerns all over the world. On 24th November 2021, scientists in South Africa identified the variant and submitted their findings to WHO (World Health Organisation). On one hand where the whole world is praising the scientists, but at the same time, their own government is criticising them for reporting the same to WHO. Reactions from other nations did not help the situation as well, since they have imposed strict travel restrictions on South Africa.
On Jan 7th WHO tweeted-
"While Omicron virus does appear to be less severe compared to Delta, especially in those vaccinated, it does not mean it should be categorized as ‘mild’. Just like previous [#COVID19] variants; Omicron is hospitalizing people and it is killing people." says @DrTedros.
It has not been determined whether the new variation's transmission or severity is greater than that of the delta variant. However, in some areas, such as South Africa, there has been a rise in the number of people testing positive for the Omicron virus.
WHO recommends enhancing the surveillance and sequencing of Omicron cases. Furthermore, genome sequencing data should be shared on publicly accessible databases such as GISAID. And the obvious thing is to increase public health facilities in the country.
People should strictly follow social distancing and wear masks at all times. Additionally, leave windows open in homes and businesses to allow improved airflow. The most essential thing, of course, is to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
As the brilliant health care system in Oman, their preparation to prevent the spread seems more than adequate. Following the discovery of 15 cases of Omicron, the Ministry of Health in Oman declared that it is conducting an epidemiological investigation and urging people to take preventative measures.
Oman recognises the following vaccines: Covishield, Covaxin, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Sputnik-V, and Sinovac.
Despite the fact that Omicron and Delta are both mutations of the same virus, the symptoms are thankfully distinct. It aids in recognising the variation so that scientists can track how to properly deactivate the specific mutation and halt its spread. Fatigue, joint pain, cold and headaches are some common Omicron symptoms seen in the variant whereas loss of taste and smell are the indicators of the Delta variant.
As a member of the society in Oman, you may assist in halting the spread of the Omicron virus by adhering to the government's procedures. You also have access to numerous choices for self-care, and if you have any symptoms, you may opt for an online doctor consultation via the DoktorOman App from the safety and convenience of your own home.