Omicron Variant: simple cold or Covid-19?

Not just Kenyans, but the whole world, has been terrified by the Omicron Variant

Omicron Variant: simple cold or Covid-19?

The symptoms of the Omicron variety are distinct and, on the surface, less severe than those of the Delta type. It is conceivable to mistake an ordinary cold with an actual SARS-CoV-2 infection; this is more true with the Omicron variant!

The country's health ministry just reported that the variety had already arrived. It is highly infectious, 3-4 times more than the Delta variety. And it seems to induce symptoms that are somewhat different from the Delta variety, more akin to those of a cold or flu. 

The Omicron variant's symptoms

Only since December 15th has the Omicron variant been discovered here in Kenya. The information we currently have is still preliminary. Nonetheless, the Omicron form seems to induce fewer symptoms than the Delta type, which might be good news! The following are the symptoms that have been described so far:

  1.  throat irritation
  2. muscular ache
  3. a large amount of exhaustion
  4. coughing with a dry throat
  5. sweating during night
  6. headache 

Even though these symptoms are relatively prevalent during cold seasons, distinguishing between the two may be difficult. To begin with, clinicians who met the initial instances in South Africa characterized the exhaustion as "very acute." Second, although night sweats are not unique to coronavirus, they are frequently absent in persons with a common cold. Finally, the symptoms of a cold typically come gradually, but the signs of an Omicron variant illness occur rapidly. 

What happens if I get vaccinated?... And what happens if I've previously received Covid-19?

 Unfortunately, immunization does not provide enough protection against the Omicron form. Indeed, the first real-world results show that after two doses of an mRNA vaccine, protection is just 35%. After the third dosage, this jumps to 70%. Worse, following a repeat vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine, protection would be nil. Similarly, research from South Africa suggests that the Omicron version may reinfect patients who have previously been infected with another strain of the virus.

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This implies that having been vaccinated or having previously had the illness does not rule out the chance of contracting the Omicron coronavirus strain. Getting tested is, once again, the best way to find out.SARS-CoV-2 was compared to the other six coronaviruses that afflict humans (the four common cold viruses, SARS and MERS). The new coronavirus, they claim, functions similarly to those that cause the common cold. The latter commonly affects children for the first time between the ages of 3 and 5 when the sickness is less severe than in adults.

The infections are repeated regularly until the immune system has developed to the point where the illness produces only minor symptoms. In other words, the condition is still spreading, but it is no longer causing fatalities. The vaccination is similar in that, although it does not prevent transmission, it does assist in reducing the number of severe cases.

Covid-19 has plenty of time to wreak a lot of harm while we wait for the virus's endemic phase, which might take "many decades" to emerge. The vaccination is our only chance of putting an end to it sooner.