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Omicron drives world to restriction with high infection rate

  The Omicron variant of the Covid-19 is a major worldwide headache now.With high infectibility, it is present in around forty countries now and spreading rapidly. Under the WHO guidelines, the authorities across the nations are trying to contain the outbreak of the new variant. In absence of rapid counter-measures, the new variant can potentially put brakes on the recovering economy trends worldwide.

The seemingly never-ending mutation on the SARS-CoV-2 virus has given rise to several variants. The structural change of the spike proteins on the virus body results in different levels of functionality and viral infection levels. The Omicron variant is just the latest in the route, difficult to detect with the conventional tests. As per the researchers, the Omicron variant has genetic materials from the Common Cold or the RhinoVirus. The genetic sequence helps it to dupe the human immune system easily. Consequently, the virus can infect more people quite easily. Simultaneously, the disease is mild or asymptomatic in most of the cases. However, it also results in a decreased fatality rate with the infected population.

The steps taken by WHO regarding the Omicron variant management is under question with no fatality reported cases till now. However, the Deltavariant management from WHO steps drew enough criticism. WHO was quite late to brand it as a major threat. Hence, it spreads like wildfire across worldwide, resulted in heavy mortality. In he third-world countries, which are more populated, the Covid management measures should be taken cautiously. While more sanctions can cripple the country, a acklustre approach may result in an uncontrollable disaster. India is taking a praiseworthy course of action around this time. There is a rising rate of vaccination round the country and a stringent checking policy along with mandatory submission of RT-PCR test reports for the international travellers. There are 23 reported micron cases in India now, with more tests pending. They have also added the UK, South Africa, Brazil, China, Ghana, Israel and so on in the list of at-risk ountries. Travellers from these countries are to be screened with proper care. South Africa is the country where the first reported case of the Omicron variant came to light. The common cold virus is prevalent in this region and can prove life-threatening in some cases. Accordingly, the Covid virus went through the mutation, picking up the common cold genetic traits. Most of the countries immediately started to cut off flight connectivity with countries with reported Omicron cases. However, one of the exceptions to this trend was Thailand, where travel is a major source of revenue. Thailand travel minister, Phiphat Prakarn commented that they will be able to keep the Omicron cases under control from the international travellers.

His sentiments were echoed by Supant Mongkolsuthree, the chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries. He said that the government and the public should not panic and move to a lockdown. With 2022 looming in the corner, the Covid condition seems to improve around the world. As the experts expect, there should come milder versions like Omicron with less infection rate. It can adjust the general population against the Covid spread. There are reported Covid pills from Pfizer and Glaxo in development. If the trends continue, 2022 will be the year when Covid may turn into common cold completely - less of a disease, more of a nuisance.



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