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Omicron: The new variant of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Get vaccinated against COVID-19 and protect yourself against the Omicron variant.

Omicron: The new variant of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With an alarming number of mutations and a peak of cases in South Africa, Omicron is the latest worrying variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

On November 26, 2021, the WHO designated variant B.1.1.529 as a worrying variant, called Omicron.

 

Omicron has mutated more than 30 times and has been linked to an increase in cases in South Africa, where it was first detected (however, it is believed to have originated in other parts of the continent).

In South Africa and the rest of the world, researchers are conducting studies to understand the aspects of Omicron, and in the following weeks, the findings of these studies will be shared.

 

There is currently no information to suggest that the symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those of other variants. The initially reported infections occurred among college students (younger people who tend to have a milder disease); however, understanding the level of severity of the Omicron variant will take several more weeks.

 

In terms of measures to prevent the spread, the CDC has begun to establish standards and restrictions to prevent the spread of this variant. In addition, the population is encouraged to get vaccinated if they have not already done so and received their booster dose.

 

 

Vaccine effectiveness:

Current vaccines against the COVID-19 virus can help protect you by creating antibodies in your body without you having to get sick from COVID-19.

It is possible that the COVID-19 vaccine can prevent you from contracting the disease or, if you do get COVID-19, the vaccine may protect you from developing dangerous symptoms and becoming seriously ill.

And, of course, getting vaccinated can also help protect those around you.

 

Among the existing coronavirus detection methods, so far, PCR tests remain the most effective for detecting COVID-19, including the Omicron variant; These are usually very accurate when performed in certified laboratories by trained personnel.

 

Measures to avoid getting infected

There is no way to guarantee that the risk of infection is zero, so it is important to know the risks and how to protect yourself as much as possible. People most at risk for seriously COVID-19 should consider their level of risk before going out and take the necessary steps to protect themselves.

  • Use of face masks

  • Get vaccinated if they haven't, as well as receive the booster dose

  • Handwashing with gels or hand solutions with at least 60% alcohol, if possible.

  • Avoid having contact with people who do not wear face masks or ask those around you to wear face masks.

  • Avoid closed spaces, poorly ventilated or with a large influx of people.

Travel restrictions following the coronavirus variant (Covid-19) Omicron

The Covid-19 omicron variant induces a wave of travel restrictions, a developing list of countries has been implemented, including the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, India, Morocco, Seychelles, Singapore, Australia, and the Philippines, the restrictions affect southern African countries (South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi).

 

It is recommended that in case of traveling to other countries with restrictions, you inform yourself in advance of the recommendations and measures established by the governments and health authorities of each country.

 

And remember:  Get tested

Where can I get a test for COVID-19 in Los Cabos?  Visit our link to find more information about it. 

Why is COVID-19 testing important?  COVID-19 testing will help you protect your family, your community, and yourself.

It will save lives!

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