The new covid variant, Omicron, is only a few weeks old but the rate at which it is spreading is making it truly a ‘Variant of concern.’ WHO and several researchers across the globe are thus asking people and countries to be vigilant and don’t take it lightly. Scientists are collecting as much as data possible to understand this new strain so that proper preventive measures can be taken to curb its spread.
So far, WHO has found that the new strain could be highly resistant against vaccines and transmit faster. Keeping these few factors in mind, the global health organization has recommended a few things and issued a new update on Omicron.
7 Things Recommended By WHO For All Countries
- Increase the monitoring of covid patients and those arriving from infected countries
- Make the data of genome sequences public
- Inform WHO about new cases
- Increase the laboratory assessments and field investigations to get more information about the Omicron covid variant
- Opt for a science-based approach while implementing the public health measures
- Speed up the health and medical capacities
- Ensure that everyone especially vulnerable groups have received their vaccine dosage
Dr. Mike Ryan, A public health specialist and Executive Director of WHO, has asked all the countries to be transparent and share good information so that we can beat this virus.
What People Should Do: WHO’s Advice On Omicron Covid Variant
World health organization has laid down a few actions that every individual should take to reduce the spread of the new covid variant. These are:
- Maintain social distancing and the minimum distance between people should be 1 meter
- Wear masks that are well-fitted and should not be lose
- Keep proper ventilation
- Avoid going to places that are crowded and don’t have proper ventilation facilities
- Make sure that your hands are clean
- Use elbow or tissue while sneezing or coughing
- Get a recommended dose of vaccination soon
WHO has said that those who had been infected from Covid-19 earlier are vulnerable and they may be re-infected easily. So, they should strictly follow these preventive measures and quickly contact doctors on getting any symptoms.