The Omicron sub-lineage is believed to have certain mutations that let it dodge antibodies, giving it the ability to infect people who have had COVID before, as well as those who are vaccinated.
Just when we think things are easing up and mutations related to COVID are gradually decreasing there is a new sub-variant that affects even the people who are vaccinated against this pandemic. In South Africa and other countries the wearing of face masks is no longer mandatory, but people are still encouraged to vaccinate in large numbers.
India is currently witnessing a surge in COVID-19 infections - the nation added another 16,103 fresh cases on Sunday. With this, the active case tally now stands at 1,11,711, comprising 0.26 per cent of the total infections.
COVID may be the disease that is going to end the world. New variants get discovered each and every year since its inception. People have to adhere to measures that have been put in place to curb the virus. Do not travel abroad for leisure, unless you are going on a business meeting.
COVID took so many people's lives and is still continuing to do so. Not even scientists can predict when this pandemic will end. That said, people have to sanitize and maintain social distances just to be safe. Could the new sub-variant lead to another global wave?
The virus is very susceptible to common anti-bacterial cleaning agents such as bleach, and alcohol-based cleaners (60% volume). Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Maintain at least 1 metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands.
If you think you might have contracted the virus, you can call the NICD helpline (0800 029 999) and you will be advised on possible testing facilities.
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