“When will the pandemic end?” is an oft-repeated question worldwide. But with the advent of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, it is hard to say.
Experts are suggesting that it may take at least another month to tackle the spread of the Omicron variant. Fortunately, this variant, while it spreads more rapidly than the Delta variant, it is not as deadly.
Read this article for complete information about the Omicron variant in India.
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How insidious is the Omicron variant?
The overall risk related to this new variant remains very high, and it is hard to predict exactly when will this pandemic end. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is a variant of concern.
This report is based on the evidence that it has several mutations that may impact how it behaves. As per their research, Omicron is spreading significantly faster than the Delta variant, with a doubling time of 2-3 days.
When will Omicron end?
When a virus is spreading worldwide and leading to numerous infections, the chances of the virus mutating increase. In other words, the more opportunities a virus has to circulate, the more opportunities it has to undergo changes.
According to Indian epidemiologist Dr Giridhar Babu, the Omicron wave in India will last until the last week of January or early February. This is because Omicron typically takes three weeks to reach a peak, which is about thrice as faster than the Delta wave. According to infectious diseases specialist Dr Om Srivastava, this wave is expected to stabilise and decline by March 2022.
Another popular theory is the pandemic could translate into an endemic viral infection in 2022 and see localised and short peaks in small pockets of Delhi, Kerala and Chhattisgarh. Despite these predictions, you must always practice safety measures and caution.
How to protect yourself against Omicron
The advent of new variants like Delta and Omicron is a cause for health concerns. They remind us that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Therefore, you must get the vaccine when available.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) repeatedly warns citizens to continue following existing advice on preventing the spread of the virus. These measures include:
- Staying indoors, unless it is necessary to step out
- Avoiding public places
- Avoiding travel
- Physical distancing
- Wearing masks
- Washing hands regularly
- Using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
- Keeping indoor areas well ventilated
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Keeping in mind all the health information, experts’ predictions, and the government’s guidelines, you must take responsibility. With new variants like Delta and Omicron, India has a long way to go before the risk of COVID-19 is eliminated.
Only by staying cautious, keeping a positive state of mind, and disregarding fake news can you prevent yourself from getting infected.
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