Omicron: Omicron looks less serious, but shouldn’t be taken lightly: Expert | India News – Times of India

New Delhi: A new study from South Africa shows that omicron The Covid-19 variant is even less severe for the unvaccinated, Indian health experts warned on Saturday, saying it is too early to jump to any conclusions and that the highly contagious strain should not be taken lightly.
According to experts, the Omicron variant is known to cause less severe disease. However, people should not stop taking precautionary measures, following COVID-19 protocols or getting vaccinated.
Tushar said, “It is too early to tell whether this type is also less severe for uninfected people. We are certainly seeing less severity of symptoms in vaccinated people, so getting vaccinated is extremely important.” Taal, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Gurugram told IANS.
“Most people are experiencing mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, but we still don’t know these types of long-term side effects, so I would urge everyone to exercise caution and not take Omicron lightly,” Tayle said.
South African Studies, led by National Institute of Communicable Diseases ,National Institute of Communicable Diseasescountry, it suggests that uninfected people who were infected with the highly infectious omicron variant are less likely to become seriously ill, require hospitalization or die earlier than Is. covid strains
The study comes at a time when the Omicron variant is spreading like wildfire across the world, including India. South Africa has seen a fourth wave which is now flattening out.
“As far as whether this variant will lead to a third wave in India or not, I would say that with the increase of cases in the last two weeks, we are seeing it now,” Tayal said.
“But compared to the previous wave, we are seeing fewer hospitalizations,” he said.
Navneet interestPulmonary Consultant, Dharamshila Narayan Superspecialty Hospital, New Delhi said that if we do not take adequate precautions, we will definitely invite a third wave.
Sood told IANS, “Data from South Africa, which is the first country to have a major outbreak due to the strain, has shown low hospitalization and mortality rates so far, but that doesn’t mean people are careless.” go.”
He said, “Masks are very important. Everyone should follow the Kovid-19 protocol seriously.”
The South African study compared 11,609 patients in the first three COVID-19 waves with 5,144 patients with the new Omicron-driven wave.
The researchers found that eight percent of patients died or were hospitalized within 14 days of testing positive for COVID during the fourth omicron wave, compared to 16.5 percent in the first three COVID waves.
With a daily increase of 5 per cent, India has 6,041 confirmed cases of omicron so far.