5 Facts about Omicron, the New Variant of Covid-19 from South Africa, More Dangerous Isn't it?

 Recently, the latest variant of COVID-19 has been found in South Africa, which is named Omicron or B.1.1.529. According to the Nature page, this variant harbors a large number of mutations found in other variants, including Delta and can spread rapidly throughout South Africa.

With the discovery of the new variant, many countries have tightened restrictions or restrictions on travel to or from South Africa and several other countries where Omicron variants have been detected, with the aim of reducing its spread.

To find out more about the new variant of Omicron. Here are some facts you can know.

Found in South Africa

On 24 November 2021, a new variant of the Omicron or B.1.1.529 from South Africa was reported. Citing the WHO website, on November 26, WHO designated Omicron as a variant of concern.

Then researchers in South Africa and around the world are conducting research to better understand the many aspects of the variant and will continue to share research findings as they become available.

Symptoms of the Omicron Variant

The doctor in southern Africa who first flagged the Omicron variant, said the symptoms so far were "very mild" and no one had been hospitalized. Launching the Business Insider page, dr. Angelique Coetzee, a private practitioner and chair of the South African Medical Association said that Omicron patients she saw had reported feeling extremely tired with body aches and headaches.

The patient also does not feel a cough, loss of smell or taste, which are typical symptoms of COVID-19. He said it was too early to determine whether these symptoms would be the same for everyone infected with Omicron, and scientists were still unsure whether the variant poses a greater danger or risk than other variants.

Detected in 13 Countries

The distribution of the Omicron variant has spread to many countries in a fairly fast time since it was first discovered, including the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, South Africa, Belgium, Botsnawa, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, France, and Canada.

Reuters said many countries had imposed bans or restrictions on travel to and from South Africa to try to stem the spread.

High Mutation Count

Since appearing in late 2019, the COVID-19 virus has continued to mutate and some variants of the virus spread more easily than others, which can lead to increased infection rates. Launching from Al Jazeera, experts believe there are at least 50 mutations in the Omicron variant, with 32 mutations in the spike protein, the part of the virus that enters human cells.

Scientists say that similar mutations seen in other variants have been associated with higher transmission to escape immune defenses, compared to the original strain.

Strict Government Policy

The emergence of a new variant, the government took a policy to tighten supervision at international entrances. Visitors from abroad are required to undergo a 7-day quarantine period and all samples that have been detected positive will be tested for genome sequencing. Citizens arriving from South Africa and Hong Kong must quarantine for 14 days.

Even though the country has no news of a new variant of Omicron as of this writing, it can still make us worried. Therefore, always comply with health protocols so that unwanted events can be avoided.

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