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Tag: New Covid Variant

Safe For 2 Years, Top US Doctor Gets Omicron In 1 Maskless Outing
Safe For 2 Years, Top US Doctor Gets Omicron In 1 Maskless Outing

"Know your risk tolerance. Get boosted, wear a KN/N95 mask. If COVID still gets you, you'll likely fully recover," he added.

New Covid variant detected in France not a threat yet: WHO
New Covid Variant Detected In France Not A Threat Yet: WHO

The strain is also known as the 'IHU' variant because it was first identified by academics at the IHU Mediterranee Infection institute in Marseille, France

Omicron's Mildness A 'Mistake', COVID Itself Not Getting Milder, Warns UK Expert
Omicron's Mildness A 'Mistake', COVID Itself Not Getting Milder, Warns UK Expert

"It's not clear in India, where mainly people have had two doses plus an infection, whether this will be adequate. There will be certain people who are vulnerable who get sick and do need ventilation, especially the unvaccinated. That's why caution is needed and focus on infection transmission interruption and vaccination are so important."

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Omicron Is Not Common Cold, Warns WHO

Meanwhile, WHO on Tuesday also stated that emerging evidence reveals that the Omicron is affecting the upper respiratory tract, causing milder symptoms than previous variants.

84% Of Covid Cases In Delhi Are Of Omicron Variant: Health Minister
84% Of Covid Cases In Delhi Are Of Omicron Variant: Health Minister

"Last two years of experience shows that we can fight Covid with mask and the Covid appropriate behaviour... we will fight this variant too."

Nausea, Loss Of Appetite May Be New Symptoms Of Omicron
Nausea, Loss Of Appetite May Be New Symptoms Of Omicron

Research from an Imperial College London study and Scottish paper Early Pandemic Evaluation and Enhanced Surveillance of Covid-19, states that people with Omicron are 15 to 20 per cent less likely to need hospital treatment.

Omicron 'Not Same Disease' As Earlier Covid Waves: UK Scientist
Omicron 'Not Same Disease' As Earlier Covid Waves: UK Scientist

Several scientists have criticised the government's decision not to introduce further Covid restrictions in England before New Year's Eve, with some describing it as "the greatest divergence between scientific advice and legislation" since the start of the pandemic.

Night Curfew, Lockdown Not Needed In Odisha, Situation Better Than Other States: Top Health Official
Night Curfew, Lockdown Not Needed In Odisha, Situation Better Than Other States: Top Health Official

Meanwhile, various state governments have announced curbs to stem the worsening situation due to the Omicron variant. The night curfew has been imposed in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi, Karnataka, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

AstraZeneca Says Its Antibody Drug Evusheld Can Fight Omicron Variant
AstraZeneca Says Its Antibody Drug Evusheld Can Fight Omicron Variant

According to the researchers, the levels of neutralising potency are within the range of titres found in individuals who have been previously infected with and recovered naturally from Covid-19.

Omicron Scare: PM Modi Calls For Effective Contact Tracing, Strengthening Health Infra
Omicron Scare: PM Modi Calls For Effective Contact Tracing, Strengthening Health Infra

The PM directed the officials to ensure that the health systems in the states, beginning from the district level, are strengthened to meet any challenge posed by the new variant. It is important for states to ensure that the oxygen supply equipments are installed and fully functional, he said.

University Of Oxford Study Supports Use Of Vaxzevria As Third Dose Against Omicron
University Of Oxford Study Supports Use Of Vaxzevria As Third Dose Against Omicron

The study analysed blood samples taken from individuals infected with Covid-19; those who had been vaccinated with a two-dose schedule and a third dose booster; and those who had reported previous infection from other Covid-19 variants of concern. The study included samples from 41 individuals who had received three doses of Vaxzevria.

Omicron 3 Times More Transmissible Than Delta, Gear Up: Centre
Omicron 3 Times More Transmissible Than Delta, Gear Up: Centre

The states have been advised that the main elements of the framework to be used should be based on the test positivity rate of 10 per cent or more in the last one week and on bed occupancy of 40 per cent or more on oxygen supported or ICU beds.

No Evidence On Omicron Transmissibility, Immune Evasion Yet: INSACOG
No Evidence On Omicron Transmissibility, Immune Evasion Yet: INSACOG

The INSACOG reports genomic surveillance of SARS CoV-2 across the country through sequencing of samples from 'sentinel sites' and also a detailed statewise district analysis for some states.

Omicron Renders Most Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Ineffective: Study
Omicron Renders Most Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Ineffective: Study

The study is in tandem with preliminary studies showing that several clinically used antibodies lose neutralising activity against Omicron's spike-expressing recombinant lentiviral or vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV)-based pseudoviruses, the researchers said.

COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Tweaked For Protection Against New Variants: AIIMS Director
COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Tweaked For Protection Against New Variants: AIIMS Director

While Omicron was first reported in South Africa on November 24, India's first two cases of this heavily mutated version of the coronavirus were detected in Karnataka on December 2.

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ICMR Designs Kit For Omicron Detection; Invites EOI From Manufacturers For Its Commercialisation

The ICMR-Regional Medical Research Centre, NE, Dibrugarh has developed a novel technology -- real-time RT-PCR assay for detection of Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant of SARS-CoV2 and a kit for the same.

Omicron Will Not Likely Affect India The Way Delta Did: Top Virologist
Omicron Will Not Likely Affect India The Way Delta Did: Top Virologist

Besides South Africa, the Omicron strain has surged Covid cases in many countries including France, Russia, the US, and Israel. In the UK, it is expected to replace Delta as the dominant variant and the UK Health Security Agency estimates that the number of daily infections could touch 200,000.

Needle-Free Vax That Targets New Covid Variants
Needle-Free Vax That Targets New Covid Variants

While current Covid-19 vaccines use genes taken from the virus spike protein to encode antigens, which causes the immune system to produce antibodies, the new vaccine uses predictive methods to mimic the wider family of coronavirus antigens that researchers hope will give more protection.

Omicron May Not Completely Evade Vax Immune Response: US Study
Omicron May Not Completely Evade Vax Immune Response: US Study

The study was conducted using AlphaFold2 - a neural network-based deep learning model created by Google DeepMind - which can predict protein structure based on the genetic code.

Omicron Scare: Maintain Adequate Stock Of Critical Drugs, Centre To States
Omicron Scare: Maintain Adequate Stock Of Critical Drugs, Centre To States

Raising the issue of many ventilators supplied by the Centre lying unpacked and unused at some field hospitals, the Centre has asked the states to review immediately and ensure that all PSA oxygen plants, oxygen concentrators and ventilators are installed and functioning.

New Data Offers Insights Into Omicron Symptoms, Severity
New Data Offers Insights Into Omicron Symptoms, Severity

As Omicron is found to have more than 30 mutations in its spike protein, the main concern over its outbreak is whether disease severity is similar, milder or more severe than with the other variants.

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Delhi Reports 1st Omicron Case, Patient Has Travel History From Tanzania

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said on Sunday that the results of 12 samples, which were sent for genome sequencing, have come out. Out of the total 12, only one has been confirmed for the Omicron variant.

Covid-19: Odisha Taking Adequate Measures To Combat Omicron, Says State Public Health Director
Covid-19: Odisha Taking Adequate Measures To Combat Omicron, Says State Public Health Director

As many as 380 people have returned to Odisha from countries hit by the new coronavirus strain-- Omicron, earlier this week, and all of them have tested negative, the State health department had informed on Thursday.

Stricter Norms For International Passengers To Be Effective From Tuesday Midnight
Stricter Norms For International Passengers To Be Effective From Tuesday Midnight

Under the new norms, RT-PCR tests are mandatory for passengers arriving from 'at-risk' countries and they will be allowed to leave the airport only after the test results come. Also, randomly five per cent of the passengers arriving in flights from other countries will be subject to the test.

Omicron Variant Does Not Escape RT-PCR And RAT, Centre Tells States As It Asks Them To Ramp Up Testi
Omicron Variant Does Not Escape RT-PCR And RAT, Centre Tells States As It Asks Them To Ramp Up Testing

India has so far not reported any case of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed Parliament on Tuesday, noting that the government has taken measures to ensure that it does not reach the country.

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