The never-ending story: Covid – 19 and the Omicron Variant

Everybody talks about Omicron Variant. It’s creating panic around the world. The latest Covid-19 Variant was identified on November 25th by scientists in South Africa and since then it has been detected in more than twenty countries, including Asia (Sri Lanka, India, Japan, Singapore Malaysia and South Corea). Up to now, only the 24% of South African people has been vaccinated and this virus is spreading widely. It seems to spread more easy than the original virus and experts says that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have any symptoms. It is therefore essential that people get the vaccine. We don’t know if this variant is more dangerous than the previous ones but the vaccine can protect us against severe illness, hospitalization and death, also because scientists don’t know if the existing treatments for COVID-19 work. They think some treatments will be effective while others may be less effective. Vaccine remains the best measure to protect people and this is why CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that everyone 5 years and older protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting  full vaccinated and that everyone aged 18 and older should get a booster shot at least two months after their initial J&J vaccine or six months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series of Pfizer or Moderna.

It is important to follow existing advices on preventing the spread of the virus: physical distancing, wearing face masks, regular hand washing and keeping indoor areas well ventilated.

In Britain over 78,000 cases have been confirmed in just one day and in the USA this variant has been found in about 15 states. Today, in Italy, 83 people have been infected by Omicron Variant. Italian government keeps update about virus diffusion.

Will we ever get rid of Covid -19?

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Leonardo Gemelli

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