Omicron Variant What we know about the new coronavirus variant-01

Omicron Variant: What we know about the new coronavirus variant

Scientists are closely monitoring the spread of the omicron variant. It has been detected in many parts of the world, including the U.K. and South Africa. Furthermore, the World Health Organization has been updating the information, claiming it is now spreading faster than any other coronavirus strain.

Additionally, researchers have found out that the omicron variant has slightly less severe than other COVID-19 variants. However, people should not take advantage of its symptoms. These symptoms include runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing, and sore throat. It is essential to get a thorough screening and COVID-19 test when the symptoms start. 

Rapid Antigen Test

The rapid antigen test is a point-of-care testing device designed to detect the presence or absence of an antigen. In cases like COVID-19, antigen tests are essential in determining Omicron infections, whether the person is symptomatic or asymptomatic. They are lesser expensive than PCR tests and can produce quicker results in less than 30 minutes. 

If you are from international travel and want to go to Europe, you must do COVID-19 day 2 and 8 testing. On your arrival, go directly to your quarantine area and stay for ten whole days. When days two and eight come, you will be testing for COVID-19. If you both received a negative result, then it means you are free to leave the quarantine area. Additionally, it will help if you still follow health and safety protocols to reduce transmission and cases of the Omicron. 

How do you protect yourself and others?

  1. Encourage physical distancing
  2. Always wear a mask
  3. Wash your hands regularly
  4. Get your vaccine and booster shots
  5. Start a healthy lifestyle.

 

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