Omicron: How to know if you got infected with corona virus or not? Read here

There is a discussion of a new wave of corona these days all over the world including India. Every day the number of new cases is increasing very rapidly. The variant of the corona virus that is being said to be responsible for the current wave is named Omicron.


Experts say that the satisfaction is that people from Omicron are not getting sick as seriously as was shown during the infection from previous variants, especially Delta. But the infection caused by Omicron spreads very quickly. Because of this, a large number of people are being advised to follow social distancing.

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Omicron: How to know if you got infected with corona virus or not? Read here

There is a discussion of a new wave of corona these days all over the world including India. Every day the number of new cases is increasing very rapidly. The variant of the corona virus that is being said to be responsible for the current wave is named Omicron.


Experts say that the satisfaction is that people from Omicron are not getting sick as seriously as was shown during the infection from previous variants, especially Delta. But the infection caused by Omicron spreads very quickly. Because of this, a large number of people are being advised to follow social distancing. Let us understand what are its symptoms.

What are the symptoms of Omicron?

Most people who get infected with Omicron feel as if they have got a cold. Sore throat, runny nose and headache.

When infected with earlier variants of the corona, it often happened that people lost their sense of smell or taste, or had a cough and high fever. However, officially these three symptoms are still considered to be symptoms of corona.

Omicron Corona spreads much faster than the previous dangerous variant Delta. But, despite this, health experts say that Omicron is not that serious, and there is little chance that the infected person will be hospitalized.

The main reason for this is that either people have been vaccinated or they have had an infection before so that their body develops immunity.

Omicron was first detected in South Africa, but it is believed to have reached its peak there.

In the UK, there are indications that peak conditions may have been reached, but experts say that could be difficult when Omicron starts infecting large numbers of older people or people whose health is in some way. There is danger.

How is the Omicron test done?

This can be confirmed only by RT-PCR test in which saliva sample is sent to pathology labs. There it can be found that this infection is from Omicron, or Delta or something else.

By the way, if only to find out whether there is a corona infection or not, then a rapid test can also be done for this. But even if the result of the test is positive, it cannot be known whether it is Omicron, or Delta, or something else.

How quickly a test result can be received depends on how many testing labs in that area have Omicron testing technology available. For example, in a country like the UK, less than half of the labs have this technology.

Confirmation of Omicron requires genome sequencing, which takes four to five days.

Dr Balram Bhargava, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research in India, said on 5 January that ICMR along with Tata MD has made a testing kit which will give results in four hours. DCGI has approved this testing kit.

How is Omicron's variant different from the others?

Viruses constantly mutate, that is, they constantly change form, that is, their new version keeps coming. This is called a variant.

Some of these variants may be more dangerous, or may be those that spread very rapidly.

In the terminology of scientists, they are considered as Variants of Concern (VoC) i.e. a matter of concern.

Omicron is also one (VoC), as it has seen changes that have never been seen before.

Most of these changes have occurred in the parts of the virus where existing vaccines attack. This part of the virus is called the spike protein.

Will the vaccine have an effect?

The change in the spike protein portion of the Omicron variant initially caused concern that the current vaccines might become ineffective on Omicron.

But Britain's Health Protection Agency found in its research about this that if an additional dose of booster vaccine is taken, then 88% protection increases, that is, there is no chance of reaching the hospital. This is only marginally less than the ability of the vaccines to fight the previous variants.

Another study in the UK found that people infected with Omicron have almost half the risk of reaching the hospital compared to the delta variant.