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Don’t Take Omicron Lightly, We Still Don’t Know Its Long-Term Side Effects – Experts

New Delhi: As a new study from South Africa shows, the Omicron Covid-19 variant is less severe even for the unvaccinated. Indian health experts warned on Saturday 15 January that it was too early to come to any conclusions and that the highly-transmissible strain should not be taken lightly. According to experts, the Omicron variant is known to cause less severe disease. However, people should not stop taking precautionary measures. The Kovid-19 protocol should be followed and both the corona vaccines should be done. A thorough vaccination will create antibodies that can help fight the new virus. It is too early to tell whether this type is even less severe for unrelated people. We are certainly seeing less severity of symptoms in vaccinated people, so getting vaccinated is extremely important…. Tushar Tayal, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Gurugram told IANS. Tayal said that most people are experiencing mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, but we still do not know these types of long-term side effects, so I would urge everyone to exercise caution and not take Omicron lightly. (omicron virus)

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Omicron spreading like wildfire around the world

A South African study led by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) in the country shows that those infected with the highly contagious Omikron variant are less likely than those infected to become seriously ill, be hospitalized or die. The study comes at a time when the Omicron variant is spreading like wildfire across the world, including India. South Africa has seen a fourth wave which is now flattening out. As far as whether this variant will lead to the third wave in India or not, I would say that with the increase of cases in the last two weeks, we are seeing it now. But compared to the previous wave, we are seeing fewer hospitalizations.

Low hospitalization and mortality (omicron virus)

Navneet Sood, Pulmonary Consultant, Dharamshila Narayan Superspecialty Hospital, New Delhi, said that if we do not take adequate precautions, we will definitely invite a third wave. Sood told IANS that data from South Africa, which is the first country to have a major outbreak due to the strain, has so far shown lower hospitalizations and mortality rates, but that does not mean that people become careless. He said that the mask is very important. Everyone should follow the COVID-19 protocol seriously. The South African study compared 11,609 patients from the first three COVID-19 waves with 5,144 patients from the new Omicron-powered wave. The researchers found that eight percent of patients died or were hospitalized within 14 days of testing positive for COVID during the fourth omicron wave, compared to 16.5 percent in the first three COVID waves. With a daily increase of 5 per cent, India has 6,041 confirmed cases of omicron so far. (omicron virus)

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