The advent of the Omicron strain of coronavirus has triggered widespread concern. The first instance of the mutant was detected in South Africa, and it has since spread to at least 57 nations, raising concerns about the third coronavirus pandemic. According to research, the Omicron form is more likely to spread than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, and how quickly Omicron spreads compared to Delta is unknown.

The virus’s operation is being studied. Meanwhile, the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to be vaccinated. The vaccination offers protection and immunity against the virus, as well as a reduction in severity. Furthermore, when out and about, wear a mask, avoid crowded places, and practice good hygiene. If you notice any signs of COVID-19, you should immediately isolate yourself and contact your doctor.

With the holidays just around, everyone is in a good mood and ready to celebrate with their families & friends. But it is vital to note that the Omicron variant is active and growing like wildfire. So, try to avoid social gatherings and avoid going to busy places during this widespread. 

SARs-COV-2 is a highly unpredictable virus that can infect anyone. Regardless of whether we are vaccinated or not, everyone is at risk of Omicron infection at the moment.

Since the new variant is highly transmissible, the most important thing you can do is lower your chances of being infected with the virus by making sure to: 

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to protect yourself and your loved ones. 
  • When putting on and removing your mask, make sure your hands are clean.
  • Maintain a physical gap of at least one meter between yourself and others.
  • Avoid places that are inadequately ventilated or congested.
  • Open windows to increase indoor ventilation.
  • Regularly wash your hands.
  • Get immunized when it’s your turn. COVID-19 vaccinations certified by WHO are both safe and effective.


Times of India