With the detection of the new coronavirus, the omicron mutation, has caused many countries around the world to panic and be more careful. As can be seen from the fact that many United started off tourists coming from countries with risk of common infections due to cattle Covid -19 strain recently. It has begun to be known to be resistant to vaccines.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled the latest coronavirus B.1.1.529 as a “species of concern” (VOC), taking its name from the Greek “Omicron”. The fifth virus in the group, following alpha, beta, gamma and delta.
Symptoms when infected with COVID – 19 , “Omicron” strain
Ms. Angelique Kootsia, President of the South African Medical Association. Of the novel coronavirus 2019, with an omikron mutation. Told The Telegraph news agency from the UK that the symptoms of this type of mutant infection are strange but not severe. By observing the symptoms that are different from the original
- No loss of taste or smell was found.
- muscle aches
- feel feverish
Genetic scientists say This virus has more than 32 mutations in key protein spines.
Prof. Dr. Yong Phuworawan, Head of the Center specializes in clinical virology. Department of Pediatrics Faculty of Medicine Chulalongkorn University stated that “by looking at the genetics of this virus Evolved from the already invasive delta species. at least the spread of the disease Therefore, it is probable that omikron species are as propagated as or more readily than delta species.
However, from the current information Patients infected with COVID-19 Most omikron strains also have mild symptoms. “It’s too new for this virus to say whether the symptoms are declining or increasing. Must look at the number of patients who need to be hospitalized, results of treatment, mortality rate, length of stay in the hospital. Compared to existing species such as the Delta species.”
In addition, Dr. Angelique also concluded that Most of the patients found were in good physical shape. But what is worrisome is a group of patients who are physically weak. Or have congenital diseases such as diabetes, heart disease. Including the elderly and those who are not vaccinate.
to be resistant to vaccines But vaccinations are still better than not getting vaccinated at all
As for the evasion of the vaccine in this strain, Yong said, “It will have to wait for the study. as well as the efficacy of released monoclonal antibodies. and drugs planned for treatment.”
However, “new species that arise if evading immunity It will reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine. But not all vaccines are effective. For example, vaccines used to be 90 percent effective, new strains may be reduced to 70-80%.