Precautions To Take To Avoid The Omicron Variant
Updated On Mar 29, 2022
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No one could have imagined the commencement of what looks to be an eternal epidemic as the world went into lockdown. We were able to resume a life that resembled that of the pre-pandemic period, but with the addition of masks, social distance, and decreased social activities, thanks to the availability of vaccines and the implementation of extra COVID-19 measures. However, when new varieties enter the scene, the planet threatens to be turned upside down once more. The most recent addition to the variants, Omicron, has been labeled as a potentially lethal version, capable of bringing the world to a standstill once more.
What Omicron Virus Preventive Measures Can Be Taken?
The following are some of the anti-Omicron Virus measures that may be taken:
GET YOUR VACCINATION
Even though scientists are actively investigating the advantages of existing vaccines against the Omicron variant, there is a strong belief that immunization can significantly reduce, if not fully eliminate, the variant's symptoms. To be on the safe side, it's a good idea to get fully vaccinated against the virus (that is, obtain all of the recommended doses of the vaccine). In addition, a booster dose is now available in certain countries, which may increase the vaccine's potency against the virus. If you live in an area where a booster dose is available, talk to your doctor about it and get it if your doctor recommends it.
USE A MASK
Even if you are fully vaccinated, all doctors and government officials recommend wearing a mask in public places and while you are with others. The right kind of masks are extremely useful against the virus when worn properly - that is, totally hiding your nose and mouth. Also, thoroughly wash your hands before and after applying or removing a mask. If you're going to use reusable masks, make sure they're vented and stored properly.
PHYSICAL DISTANCE MUST BE MAINTAINED
While it may not always be feasible to avoid crowded or poorly ventilated situations, you can always make every effort to make them as safe as possible. Apart from wearing your mask, maintain a physical distance from others and encourage them to do so as well. It has been proven that keeping a one-meter distance between yourself and the person next to you keeps diseases at bay.
CARE FOR YOUR HYGIENE
Hand washing was the initial process of the Covid-19 first wave, and it remains the most effective method of viral protection. Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with a good quality soap or hand wash for at least 20-30 seconds each time. After contacting anything external or coming into contact with someone, it is critical to follow this procedure. Disinfectants and sanitizing wipes should be used to keep the surroundings clean in addition to maintaining appropriate personal hygiene.
REDUCE SOCIAL GATHERINGS, TRAVEL, AND AVOID PLACES WITH INADEQUATE VENTILATION
With each passing day, avoiding large gatherings or traveling to various locales is becoming increasingly prevalent. Consider going out only if necessary, and travel as little as possible, particularly via public transportation such as buses, metros, and planes. These rooms are inadequately ventilated and pose a higher risk of infection since they are enclosed. When conversing with people, try to do it in well-ventilated areas wherever possible. Although the pandemic has taken a toll on everyone's mental health, staying in contact via video chats and phone calls is still preferable to meeting in person, especially for the elderly and youngsters, as well as those with various diseases that make them more vulnerable.
Omicron isn't a number to be taken lightly. Even if the sickness is milder, the sheer number of individuals might overwhelm healthcare systems once more. As a result, healthcare capacity at all levels, including ICU beds, oxygen supply, sufficient healthcare workers, and surge capacity, must be assessed and improved.
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.