What are the things you should know about Omicron?

Scientific and health experts are still studying the Covid19 Omicron Variant.

Mommy Rhey | Feb. 24, 2023 | 858 reads
What are the things you should know about Omicron?
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Here's the latest Update from the Ministry of Health Singapore.

Most people are scared of what might happen if the Omicron variant spreads. With the help of the government and scientific experts worldwide, they will uncover this variant's biological behavior.

As of December 5, 2021, the Ministry of Health shared an updated notice about the Omicron variant's information on what is currently known about its transmissibility, severity, and other factors.

Testing Kits

It has known that testing kits are effective in detecting viruses in humans. The analysis discovered that the Omicron variant could be identified by using the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PRT) test.

The Antigen Rapid Test is a lateral flow test, which detects viruses through nucleocapsid (N) proteins. Meanwhile, Polymerase Chain Reaction is a diagnostic test through a nasopharyngeal swab.

Transmission

Based on the clinical observation made earlier in South Africa (as it was the first country to detect Omicron) and other countries by scientific experts, the people who recovered from Covid19 may likely be reinfected with Omicron and transmissibility may increase over time.

Severity

Individuals who have been positive with the Omicron variant have common mild symptoms such as sore throat, cough, and tiredness. As of now, there has been no death recorded caused by Omicron. But, the severity is unknown, as it's only been a few weeks after it was detected.

According to South Africa's health experts, most of the hospitalisations related to Omicron were from children to adults. Though their cases' demographic was short, they have concluded two factors why children and young adults were prone to the virus.

Most of those who tested positive for the Omicron variant and have experienced only mild symptoms.

Vaccinations

As for vaccination, the government encourages people to get their vaccination and booster shots to protect themselves from severe illnesses. Vaccines are proven to protect us. Nevertheless, these vaccines will continue to undergo studies for their effectiveness to Omicron and other variants of Covid19.

The Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced that Omicron remains an unknown threat, MMTF immediately implemented safety measures. Even though there are still unanswered questions, the Ministry of Health continues to cooperate with health authorities worldwide to help gather information and study Omicron.

The Government of Singapore seeks everyone's cooperation for another battle against Omicron, apply the Safety Management Measures (SMMs) and be vaccinated.

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