Omicron Cases in India
Updated On Dec 06, 2021
The Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which was first detected in South Africa, has lately been a cause of huge concern. The rapidity with which it is spreading has made its presence felt in more than thirty countries already. Although it has not proven to be very deadly till now, it is better to steer clear of it. Here is all that we know about the Omicron variant in India.
How Did it Come to India?
Currently, the tally of Omicron cases in India is more than 20 already. The first case for this new corona variant had been tested in Karnataka. Subsequently, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan also declared their findings for people tested with this variant. The latest case to be reported has been from the country's capital, New Delhi. In Karnataka, it has been declared that if more than 3 cases are detected in the same area, it will be classified as a cluster.
Most of these cases have been detected in people who have recently returned after a period of being abroad, and those who have been in contact with them. Local governing bodies, as well as state governments, are taking strict measures to track and trace all patients and contacts. The Telangana government has reported that they have not detected any Omicron cases till now, but have increased measures to tackle the variant including a more robust surveillance system. Although there have been reports of patients escaping quarantine, many of them have been tracked down once again. It is important to get tested as soon as you or any of your acquaintances show symptoms. As it is highly contagious, it is advisable that necessary isolation measures be taken.
Will the Vaccine Work Against Omicron?
Since the Omicron variant is still quite new, scientists are studying it in great detail. With the rapidity with which the Omicron variant is spreading, it is suspected that it has substantial potential to bypass the immune response that has been developed in the global population. Although it is more rapid in its infection than the previously recognized variants, it has proven to be less deadly. Till now, there have been no reports of death from the Omicron variant, which is painting a somewhat hopeful picture currently.
Nevertheless, the vaccine helps against fighting the virus. The vaccine has repeatedly been proven to reduce the severity of COVID infection. Although nothing concrete has been said yet, it is most likely to do so even in the case of the Omicron variant. The vaccine has some sort of protection mechanism against the Omicron variant as has been observed till now. India has achieved multiple landmarks in terms of vaccination, thereby ensuring that the larger population remains somewhat protected against COVID.
The coronavirus has ravaged the world for almost two years now and there have been multiple new strains and variants on the way. To tackle the situation in a way that is sustainable for everyone, it is important to have increased awareness about the situation and undertake all the recommended steps. Rather than panicking or listening to false information, it is important to know what are the right facts and take the necessary precautions. There are five states in India that have already reported Omicron cases and it is only wise that residents of other states take note as well, to try and avoid contact and travelling.
Disclaimer: This article is issued in the general public interest and meant for general information purposes only. Readers are advised not to rely on the contents of the article as conclusive in nature and should research further or consult an expert in this regard.