- Despite the high momentum of vaccination drives, the latest variants are proving to be dangerous and causing health concerns worldwide.
- A new variant has emerged, Omicron-classified as the “most dangerous” variant of the coronavirus yet, by the World Health Organization.
- Since festive season is right here, people need to be more cautious so that the world doesn’t slip into the same cycle of lockdowns and border closures.
The moment it is believed that the world economy is finally doing better and recovering from the gruesome impact of the coronavirus pandemic, a new variant emerges from the shadows. Despite the high momentum of vaccination drives, the latest variants are proving to be dangerous and causing health concerns worldwide.
The most worrying COVD variant.
The coronavirus pandemic began early in 2020, and now we are about to reach the end of 2021, but the pandemic isn’t losing its nerve. After the sudden outbreak of the virus across countries, slowly and steadily, health and business sectors started getting settled, and the Delta variant shattered everything again.
Repeating the chain of events, as economies were recovering from the aftermath of the Delta variant, a new variant has emerged, which is classified as the “most dangerous” variant of the coronavirus yet, by the World Health Organization.
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The new variant: B.1.1.529, was first discovered in Botswana. Unfortunately, experts are suggesting that this new variant has an “insanely high viral load”. Thus, terming it to be the “worst valiant” so far.
And, since festive season is right here thus, people need to be more cautious so that the world doesn’t slip into the same cycle of lockdowns and border closures.
Safety precautions against B.1.1.529.
Vaccination: the sole pillar: The only good thing that has come out in these past 20 months is how we have produced effective vaccines at a fast pace. Being fully vaccinated is the only safeguard to protect oneself from the virus. However, one can still get COVID-19 after being vaccinated. However, the chances of getting severely ill are lesser. Thus, this is high time to get the job done for people who haven’t gotten vaccinated yet.
Hygiene is the second saviour: The parental coronavirus and its following variants can survive on solid surfaces too. Thus, it becomes the individual reasonability of everyone to keep their surroundings hygienic so that they don’t become a medium for the transmission of the virus. Gadgets, work desks, etc., should be regularly cleaned and sanitised.
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Mask up: the least you can do: In many countries, people have been opposing masks. But, wearing masks is essential for the public good and safety in the present times. In several places, government officials have now made wearing masks compulsory. Wearing masks protects you from getting the virus and also protects people around you.
Prefer outdoors: So, if you plan to catch up with your friends or have a party this festive season, try doing it outdoors. Staying in open spaces reduces the risk of airborne COVID-19 transmissions.
People globally have been following the above rules for the past 20 months now. However, leniency has been observed in many cases. And this is the time to be most strict with following the COVID-19 rules and regulations. Because if the world slips into the loop of lockdowns again, it would be very harsh for the world economy to recover.