Just like every virus, it is always evolving and mutating into a new strain – this is exactly what has happened with the latest strain... Omicron. We’re here to fill you in on everything you need to know about this strain of COVID-19 and what you can do to help prevent yourself and your loved ones from getting infected.
What To Know About Omicron
The omicron variant was deemed a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO). In a statement, the WHO said it Omicron was deemed concerning because, “has several mutations that may have an impact on how it behaves, for example, on how easily it spreads or the severity of illness it causes.”
Since this is the newest variant, it is the one we know the least about, and research is being done daily to make progress on how it differs and how it is the same as past variants. But what we have learned so far is that this strain seems to be faster moving, but less severe when it comes to how it affects the patient infected. Some of the most common symptoms that have been seen in patients with this variant so far are:
- Dry cough
- Night sweats
- Body aches/pains
As you can see this variant is more compared to a “really bad cold”, but it is still something we should all be informed and concerned about.
How You Can Protect Yourself
While the vaccine will not be as effective for new variants such as this one, it is still the best option when it comes to protecting yourself and others from serious issues that come with infection. Keep in mind, being fully vaccinated means keeping up with the latest boosters, too.
You can also protect yourself as we have been doing for the lifetime of COVID-19 by doing the following:
- Limiting gatherings
- Wearing face masks in public
- Washing hands frequently
- Keeping your distance from others
Now that you know more about the latest variant, we hope you can keep yourself informed and protected in the New Year. If you have questions about how this can affect your respiratory health concern, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at ARC Network. We’re here to help.