Variant of Omicron
A variant of Omicron came out on November 24, 2021, new specimens that scientists had collected a couple of weeks earlier showed a different strain of the virus that they had seen before anywhere else except in the areas of Botswana, South Africa a week before. This variant is called B.1.1.529, and the WHO classified this variant of Omicron as a Variant of Concern. After all the studies from the WHO and CDC in December 2021, they confirmed there was a confirmed case Omicron variant in the United States.
Symptoms for Omicron B.1.1.529 are
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
According to the CDC, symptoms are 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus, and the reported symptoms have been a wide range from mild to severe depending on the person. This is just a small list of the symptoms but not limited to others as more information about the virus has been discovered. Just like the CDC and WHO have said from the beginning of Covid 19, the people most affected by this are those older adults and those who have medical conditions with underlying causes like diseases that affect the heart, lungs, or have diabetes.
According to CNBC as of March 22, 2022, the new sub-variant of Covid 19 called Omicron BA.2 has taken over 80% of the United States and has spread faster than any of the other variants of the virus, but Ali Mokdad said he expects the sub-variant to weaken during the summer and winter of this year. This is a good thing for the and very promising for the world population. In a time where all we see is unwelcome news, even a glimmer of hope can be well received in the world we live in.
Information on Omicron
Omicron is a variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. It was first identified in South Africa in November 2021 and quickly spread to other countries. Omicron has many mutations in the spike protein of the virus, which is the part of the virus that allows it to enter human cells.
There is currently limited information on the severity of illness caused by the Omicron variant, but initial data suggests that it may cause milder symptoms than previous variants, especially in people who are fully vaccinated. However, there are concerns that it may be more transmissible than previous variants and could potentially evade immunity provided by previous COVID-19 infections or vaccination.
As with all variants of the virus, it is important to continue practicing public health measures such as wearing masks, practicing good hand hygiene, and getting vaccinated to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. It is also important to stay up-to-date on the latest information and guidelines from public health authorities as the situation continues to evolve.