As of 26 November 2021 World Health Organization has designated the new Covid variant B.1.1.529. A variant of concern, which is as named Omicron. Different studies were conducted to know it’s severity & risks it contains.
Current Research about New Covid Variant Omicron
Currently different researchers are working in South Africa. And they are continuously working to get more aspects. They will keep us updated & let’s know when would have further updates regarding Omicron.
How Transmissible is Omicron?
It is unknown at this time whether Omicron is more or less Transmissible. Means whether it is easily transmitted from one person to another or not. As compared to other variants, Including Delta variant.
The number of people infected with the virus is growing faster in South Africa. But there are still ongoing investigation. Whether more people in South Africa became ill with this Omicron variant. Or whether there are other causes.
How Severe is New Covid Variant Omicron?
It is also unknown at this time about the severeness of this variant. The current findings show that hospitalizations are on the rise in South Africa. But it is not possible to say with certainty whether people are infected with the virus or with some other reason.
And so far there is no evidence that Omicron’s symptoms are different from those of other variants of the corona virus. According to initial reports, the infection was found in university students. Who were young and did not have any other illnesses. But it will take several more weeks to find out the symptoms and severity of Omicron.
Tests for Omicron:
Test which is used for Covid, i.e PCR can be used for detection of Omicron. Also various studies are undergoing to determine whether there can be other types of tests. Which also includes rapid antigen detection tests.
Effectiveness of Treatments:
Currently Corticosteroids and IL6 Receptor Blockers are still effective for patients carrying new covid variant Omicron. As it’s the same treatment as those for Covid-19.
You can learn more about Omicron here at WHO official website.