New ‘Omicron’ variant triggered a wave of panicked mutation memes

The variants of Covid-19 never seem to end, as do the memes about it. Almost two years after the Covid-19 pandemic began, the world ran on Friday to contain a new variant of the coronavirus – B.1.1.529 – that may be more dangerous than the one that has caused relentless waves of infection in almost every continent. A World Health Organization panel named the “Omicron” variant, classifying it as a highly transmissible virus that is worrying parts of the country. United States. The real risks of Omicron are not yet understood. However, initial evidence suggests that it carries an increased risk of re-infection compared to other highly transmissible variants, the WHO said. This means that people who have contracted Covid-19 and have recovered could be prone to getting infected again. It could take weeks to find out if the current vaccines are less effective against them.

The WHO reported the significant increase in reported cases in South Africa. From just over 200 new confirmed cases per day in the past few weeks, the number of daily new cases in the region rose to 2,465 on Thursday. To explain the sudden surge in cases, scientists examined virus samples from the outbreak and discovered the new variant. According to a report by the health authority, the first known confirmed infection with B.1.1.529 came from a sample taken on November 9, 2021. The variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are of concern, the WHO said, adding that preliminary evidence suggests that this variant is believed to have an increased risk of reinfection compared to other “concerning variants”.

Individuals are reminded to take steps to reduce their risk of COVID-19, including best public health and social measures such as wearing properly fitting masks, hand hygiene, physical distancing, improved indoor ventilation, avoiding crowded rooms and vaccinations, the WHO said in its public announcement after discovering the variant. India has imposed the wearing of masks in public since the beginning of the pandemic to help contain the cases.

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