Omicron Virus – A Variant of Covid-19

What is the Omicron Virus
Omicron Virus Symptoms
Precautions Omicron Virus
Covid-19 Booster

Updates (27 June 2022)

Amid all the chaos in the politics and the economy of Pakistan, COVID-19 spiked by 2.81% according to reports from the National Institute of Health (NIH) Pakistan. This is the highest rate of positive cases since the end of March. Also, it is an alarming situation for those who are not vaccinated yet.

Total tests: 14,437
Positive cases: 406
Rate of positive cases: 2.81%

If we break this percentage regional-wise, we can have all the provinces’ data.

CityCOVID19 Ratio %
City-wise COVID-19 cases data

Besides, the Eid-ul-Azha season is at its peak and people may contract diseases and viruses of different kinds from cattle also. Proper use of masks and hand sanitisers can save you from having any new variant of COVID19 and these harmful diseases. 

Update (17 Feb 2022):

In the last 24 hours, around 2,597 new COVID-19 cases have been reported. However, the situation in the country is more likely to drop the positivity ratio by 5.4%—the total new confirmed cases of COVID-19 count at 1,488,958. The newly found studies show that the COVID-19 Omicron variant infects the throat without damaging the lungs. Such makes it more infectious virus than the deadly virus. Moreover, the Omicron variant doesn’t impact the lungs, which makes it less harmful to the Delta variant and other COVID variants.  

According to National Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC) data, cities’ positive rate is above 10%.
Karachi — 10.67%
Gilgit — 39.68%
Hyderabad — 12.64%
Mirpur — 12.21%

The strict COVID-19 precautions will ease down today (Tuesday), including regular classes and indoor dining. The school attendance with 50% will regulate to 100%. All the students above 12 years are required to be fully vaccinated to acquire 100% attendance. The significant dine-out situation will shift to indoor dining nationwide.  

Update (Jan. 20, 2022): 

Increasing cases of coronavirus – omicron variant has alerted Pakistan Cricket Board for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season seven. The matches are scheduled from 27th January, and NCOC has decided to allow 25% of the audience at the stadium.

Karachi is a highly affected city with more than 3000 active cases of the Covid-19 variant. Considering the situation, National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) has decided to ban all kinds of indoor activities. Restaurants and wedding halls are not allowed for indoor dining.

The highly contagious Omicron variant has disturbed the tourism industry and tourism projects on a large scale. According to the research, tourism revenue in 2020 was 72 percent lower than in 2019. It has been said that global tourism will not return to the pre-pandemic levels until 2024.

Moreover, The WTO said in a press release on Tuesday, 18 January, “The pace of recovery remains slow and uneven across world regions due to varying degrees of mobility restrictions, vaccination rates, and traveler confidence.”

A world with coronavirus was already a disaster. We have seen the busy world completely shut down. More than 196,910,000 were infected with the deadly covid-19 virus. However, the situation was returning to new normal until the virus started to evolve and take the shape of variants.

Every variant is significantly different from others, and thus the newly mutated variant named Omicron has spread the wave of panic in the world once again. In late November 2021, the first case of the Omicron virus was found in South Africa. Since now, the cases have been rapidly increasing among various countries worldwide.

What is the Omicron Virus?

Covid-19 Booster
Omicron virus coronavirus variant

Omicron virus is spreading faster than any other virus. After the first case of virus, World Health Organization classified it as a concern variant.

The variant has a high mutation whose transmissibility (spreading from one person to another), risk of reinfection, and severity is yet understudying.

The pandemic wave is nowhere to end soon, with the newly found variant only controlled by the vaccination. Therefore, it is essential to get the coronavirus vaccine and prevent the spread of the virus.

There are a lot of countries where the variant has been exposed. And the emphasis on Omicron vaccine boosters is increased. For now, vaccines are great to help eliminate the growing variants.

What are the Omicron Virus Symptoms?

symptoms of the virus
Tiredness, cough, fever are common symptoms of the virus

 According to the world health organization, the omicron coronavirus variant has fewer symptoms than the previous variants. The virus is mainly affecting the upper respiratory tract. The statement also says that the heavily spread of the virus can threaten the medical system and the only undertaken by the vaccine.

 The omicron virus is classified into mainly 3 categories of symptoms.

Expected Symptoms

The common symptoms followed by covid-19 involve fever, tiredness, loss of taste, and smell, mainly found in the infected cases. 

Less Common Symptoms

Less common omicron variant symptoms include a rash on the skin, sore throat, headaches, diarrhoea. 

Severe Symptoms

The most severe conditions are shortness of breath, chest pain, difficulty in breathing.

If anyone finds these symptoms or the cold symptoms, they must get tested for covid-19. If the test states negative, make sure they go for PRC to verify the attributes of covid-19.

What Precautions Should Be Taken for Omicron Virus?

Precautions Omicron Virus
These are the precautions everyone must follow

The fear of Omicron virus cases in the world specifically in Pakistan is rapidly increasing. Every country is struggling with the last pandemic, and the new thread of virus proved that the new normal is only be followed by taking self-precautions.

Protect yourself and your family by taking proper precautions, and following SOPs. These are some of the safety measures everyone must know:

  •  The most essential; wear a mask (which must cover your nose and mouth)
  •  Always wash your hand, and sanitize properly.
  •  Use tissue, or bent your elbow for cough or sneeze. 
  •  Before eating, wearing mask, or shaking hands, make sure your hands are clean.
  •  Keep a distance of 1 meter with others.
  •  Try not to visit crowded places.
  •  Ventilate your space, let fresh air come in.
  • Vaccination is the most effective way to fight from the COVID-19.
  •  Take elders of your family to get a vaccine.
  •  After vaccination keep the digital covid-19 certificate with you.

What is a Covid-19 Booster?

Covid-19 vaccine
Covid-19 vaccine can stop the transmission of the virus

After a process of vaccination, there comes a vaccine booster. The raising of covid variants and their cases called for further protection, and the booster is the final dose. The booster can protect against getting severely sick with virus variants. Through vaccination we are protected from various Covid-19 variants like the delta variant, and omicron variant.

Three doses of Pfizer and Moderna have brought the positive output in fighting back to the variants. Once you are eligible for the third, reach the vaccination centre for the booster immunization.

Covid-19 was already a disaster many activities like Pakistan Super League Postponed due to COVID-19. It is time to get alert and if you haven’t got the first dose of the vaccine, reach out to your nearest vaccination centre. Additionally, you can read the vaccination centre blog to find out your nearest centre. 

For more informative blogs stay updated with JagahOnline blogs, do follow us on Facebook and Instagram as well.