By – Dr. Rujuta Patil
BDS, MDS, PDCR
People make changes in their nature, behavior, and appearence to adapt and fit in well with the surroundings. Such change is applicable to every organism on Earth and coronavirus is no different. Till now coronavirus has changed its structure and behaviour multiple times giving rise to variants. Not all variants are harmful but few have raised serious concern to the entire human race.
‘A single-celled virus has left complex entity like a human being helpless’
Trying to survive in 2021, coronavirus has transformed itself into a deadly variant ‘Omicron’. The word Omicron is taken from Greek literature which represents a vowel. The journey of Omicron started in South Africa, where it was identified for the first time. With the neglible number cases of COVID-19, people in Africa were leading relaxed life.
A sudden increase in the patients complaining of cough, fatigue, head and body ache and occasional sore throat alarmed doctors. The classic symptoms of COVID-19 like shortness of breath, low oxygen levels and loss of smell and taste were absent. This left all the doctors confused and they decided to report this matter to the government’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Covid-19 and laboratories.
The classic symptoms of COVID-19 like shortness of breath, low oxygen levels and loss of smell and taste were absent. This left all the doctors confused and they decided to report this matter to the government’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Covid-19 and laboratories.
Is it really necessary to be scared of this new variant?
Yes of course! And here are the reasons why!
How can we avoid getting infected by a new variant?
- Use mask when outdoors.
- Maintain safe distance.
- Avoid public gatherings and crowd.
- Keep hands clean with sanitizer.
- Do not touch eyes and nose with contaminated hands.
You might be thinking what is new in this! We have been hearing this for the past 2 years! I totally agree there is nothing new in this but these precautionary measures remain the same with every variant of coronavirus. Following them strictly will save you and your loved ones from getting infected.
Keep the positivity alive!
I understand how difficult it has become to cope up with drastically changing situations and the uncertainty this virus has created. The entire World is trying its level best to handle the pandemic and make mother Earth free from COVID-19. Even though the war between human race and coronavirus is continued, we will surely win!!