Omicron is spreading rapidly across the country as 160 cases of the new Covid strain have now been identified, with the most recent figures suggesting 15 of them are in London.
More than half of those infected with the last strain have been doubly vaccinated, reported The Guardian .
While there have been reports that the new strain is more transmissible than other variants as well as more infectious, including for those who have been double bitten or who have already contracted coronavirus, a lot about Omicron remains. uncertain and unknown.
READ MORE:Omicron Covid variant: 75 new cases detected, more than half of which suffered a double bite
But here is a list of things that are known about this super-mutant variant of Covid.
Omicron warnings “could cause a new wave of coronavirus which could be the largest to date”
The latest variant of Covid, Omicron, is likely capable of causing a new wave of coronavirus infections, which could also be the largest yet.
TO Meet Held on November 25, government scientists warned: “We cannot rule out that this wave is of a similar magnitude, if not larger, than previous waves. ”
They concluded: “Although data on the severity of disease associated with B.1.1.529 are not yet available, a large wave of infections will be accompanied by a wave of severe cases and the subgroup will not can rule out that this may be sufficient to exceed the capacity of the NHS. “
The group added that Omicron is in all likelihood a “fit” virus that is spreading rapidly across South Africa and possibly elsewhere.
Sage scientists also warned in its November 29 article reply as the situation evolves: “Even if there continues to be good protection against serious illness for individuals through vaccination (including boosters), any significant reduction in protection against infection could always lead to a very big wave of infections.
“This in turn would lead to a potentially high number of hospitalizations, although protection against critical illness would be less affected.
“The size of this wave remains very uncertain but can be of a scale that requires very strict response measures to avoid unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
“If the efficacy of the vaccine is drastically reduced, then a wave of serious illness is to be expected.”
They added: “It is important to prepare for a potentially very large wave of infections with associated hospitalizations now, before data becomes available.”
Pregnant women “urged” to be bitten by unvaccinated mothers who have endured “terrifying” trials
Unvaccinated women who suffered from Covid during pregnancy shared their “terrifying” stories of having the virus and “urged” pregnant women to be passed over.
The three women appear in an NHS campaign video, reported Wales online , created to encourage vaccination in this demographic. The trio share their experiences on the serious complications they’ve faced, from emergency transport to hospital to emergency Caesarean sections.
The Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC) said that nearly one in five coronavirus patients who are most seriously ill is a pregnant woman who has not been vaccinated, while 98% of pregnant women hospitalized with symptomatic Covid are not double-bitten.
One of the mothers, Christina, a mental health therapist from Guildford who was admitted to hospital with coronavirus in her third trimester, said: ‘I had to give an emergency cesarean delivery because there were concerns that I could have a stillborn baby. ”It was terrifying.
“I don’t know what the future holds for me and my baby; I still suffer from symptoms now as well as the anxiety of not knowing how or when to recover.
“I urge pregnant women to get vaccinated because I don’t want anyone to go through what I’ve been through.”
Christmas should go smoothly, says Boris Johnson
The prime minister said Christmas should go “as smoothly as possible” this year, despite concerns over the Omicron variant.
Speaking in a Daily Mail Video , Boris Johnson said: “I have noticed that there has been a lot of back and forth about this, people are concerned that they will have to cancel their Christmas parties.
“It’s not fair, we are not saying that and we are not saying that the nurseries should be canceled.
“I firmly believe that children should be in school and I also believe that Christmas should be as normal as possible.
“But, the key point is that whatever risk Omicron may or may not present, the booster is everywhere and always, the vaccination will be your best protection, so everyone should get it.”
New rapid test could reveal the effectiveness of antibodies against Covid variants
New rapid test identifies the effectiveness of antibodies against variants of the coronavirus, according to its creators.
Researchers conducted a study that suggests the test can quickly and easily assess how well a person’s antibodies fight infection with several coronavirus variants, such as Delta and the newly discovered Omicron.
This would reveal to doctors how protected a patient is against new strains and those currently circulating in a community, while also helping them identify monoclonal antibodies to use to treat someone with Covid.
While developing a test for antibodies and biomarkers for the coronavirus, the researchers realized that there might be some benefit to being able to detect the ability of antibodies to neutralize specific variants. They then built a test around this idea.
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Cameron Wolfe, Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, USA, noted : “We currently really have no rapid way to assess variants, neither their presence in an individual nor the ability of the antibodies we have to make a difference.
“It is one of the lingering fears that, as we successfully vaccinate more and more people, a variant may emerge that more drastically escapes the antibody neutralization induced by the vaccine.
“And if that fear came true, if Omicron turned out to be the worst-case scenario, how would we know soon enough?”
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