Covid 19 : Amidst the panic of Omicron across the world, a good news is that the corona epidemic may end in the next year i.e. 2022. This hope has been strengthened due to new vaccines, booster doses, new drugs and new research about Omicron. It is being said about the Omicron variant that this variant is the beginning of the end of the corona epidemic. By elimination here it means that the virus will remain among us. But it will become like a cold-cold virus that will lie in a mild state.
This pandemic should end in 2022
The World Health Organization has said that this epidemic should end in 2022. WHO believes that in 2022 the whole world will be vaccinated. In the first quarter of the year, the high-risk population will also receive a booster dose. Apart from this, a specific medicine of Corona has also come in the market. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that it has been two years since the epidemic. Now we understand the virus very well and we have all the tools to fight it. Before the announcement of the WHO, many scientists have also said that the Omicron variant indicates that the corona is now going to become a common disease like flu. American experts say that the end of the epidemic will come faster only with the wave of Omicron. Even American scientist Anthony Fauci and billionaire entrepreneur Bill Gates believe that now the corona epidemic is going towards becoming a simple disease. World-renowned virologist Dr. David Ho has said that the Omicron variant will make the epidemic endemic. But in this sequence, many people will have to suffer the disease. One of the scientists’ theory is that due to the high rate of infection, natural immunity will be formed in people, which will provide protection from further variants. In many countries, a large population has already been infected with corona. So they have a natural immunity. That’s why the Omicron infection is spreading. But it is less serious. Dr. Ho says that sometimes the fire that flares up quickly spreads very fast. But soon it ends on its own. The same is going to happen with Omicron and eventually with Corona.
Another aspect of Omicron
Omicron is a highly contagious variant. But due to this there are not many serious illness or deaths. A new study in South Africa has shown that people infected with Omicron are less likely to be hospitalized than Delta. The same thing has come out in another study done in Scotland. Omicron was first caught in South Africa. The number of people admitted to the hospital is very less compared to the rapid spread of this variant there. The same trend is being seen in England as well.
increased rapidly and decreased rapidly
A surprising thing about Omicron has come to the fore that its infection has come down as fast as it has spread among people. Omicron’s epicenter is believed to be the Gauteng city of South Africa. Regarding there and other parts of the country, scientists at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) say that the Omicron wave has reached its peak much sooner than before. By the way, this trend was also seen in the initial variants of Corona.
death of corona patients in south africa
According to the NICD data, the number of cases in Gauteng is now on a slope after reaching the peak position. There were zero cases in mid-November, which increased to 10,000 per day in early December. But now it has reduced rapidly to 5 thousand per day. The deaths of corona patients in hospitals in South Africa are much less this time than in the earlier waves. The patients who have been admitted have to stay in the hospital for very few days. According to the data, this time the number of people admitted to hospitals is 5.7 percent, compared to 13 percent in the earlier wave. Similarly, deaths in hospitals were 19 per cent during the first, second and third wave. But now it has been found to be 5.6%.
One vaccine will protect against all variants
A new vaccine is going to play a big role in the eradication of Corona. A few weeks from now i.e. in January 2022, US scientists are going to announce a vaccine that will provide a strong shield against not only Omicron but all variants of Corona. Scientists from the Walter Reed Army Institute in America have been working on making this vaccine for two years. This army laboratory received the first DNA sequencing of the corona virus in early 2020. After that, the work was started to develop a vaccine that would be effective against not only the current strain but all the possible variants to come. Now Walter Reed Institute’s ‘Spike Ferritin Nanoparticle Vaccine’ or SPFN is ready. Its trials have been completed on animals, whose results have come positive. Now further phases of trials are going on. Compared to other current vaccines, Walter Reed’s vaccine uses globular protein, which has 24 mouthparts. To which spike proteins of different strains of corona have been added. This vaccine against Corona is going to prove to be a game changer.
specific medicine for corona
For the first time since the corona epidemic, two such drugs have been approved that can be given to people at risk of serious merge of corona. The special thing is that these medicines have been developed for the corona virus only. These antiviral drugs from Pfizer and Merck company have been given emergency approval by the US FDA for use in all people over the age of 12.
The name of the drug of Pfizer is Paxlovid. This tablet reduces the risk of hospitalization and death by up to 90 percent. Pfizer has said that according to its research data, this drug is also effective against Omicron. The company has set its production target of 120 million courses for 2022 and deliveries have started immediately in the US. The cost of a course of this drug is $350. The FDA has said that treatment should be started immediately after the positive result of corona testing or within 5 days of symptom onset. This tablet will be available on doctor’s prescription.
a lot in your own hands
Experts say that in the hopes that have been tied from 2022, people will have their biggest contribution. This contribution will be of getting the vaccine, taking precautions and testing. That’s why people have not got the vaccine. They should get the vaccine immediately, those who have forgotten the vaccine after one dose, they should get the second dose. Any kind of negligence in this can put yourself and others in trouble. After this comes the number of precaution. Precautions are to be taken as prescribed for two years – wearing the right type of mask in the right way, staying away from the crowd, taking care of social distancing and maintaining cleanliness. Precaution also includes isolating yourself as soon as the symptoms of corona appear. The third thing is testing. So if you have any doubts or have any symptoms, then you should get tested immediately.
Since masks have a big role in preventing corona, it is important to understand what kind of mask to wear. Professor Trish Greenhalgh of the University of Oxford says that it is better not to use fancy cloth masks. Because how much protection they will be able to give, it cannot be said. Everything depends on the fabric used in these masks. Double or triple layered masks made of a mixture of multiple fabrics may be more effective. But the masks that are usually sold are of simple cloth. They are just limited to fashion. Therefore it is better to use only N95 or KN95 masks.
It is to be noted that a patient infected with Omicron may not be identified by thermal scan or temperature measurement. This is because Omicron infection causes a runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, body pain, and fatigue. Since the symptoms described by scientists. He does not have fever, so a thermal scan will not catch the Omicron infection in the initial stage.
Same is the case with rapid test. If the result comes negative in the rapid test, then there should be no rest at all. Experts say that the rapid test is reliable only when the test result is positive. While negative results have many meanings. But it will not guarantee that you do not have corona or you will not spread corona.
According to Dr. Eric Arts, Professor of Immunology at Western University, a positive in the rapid test means positive, that is, you have a corona infection. But a negative result is not a definite result. Even if you have corona infection, the rapid test can come negative. Keep in mind that don’t get fooled if the rapid test comes negative. If you want to go to crowded places, then get the rapid test done. But get the rapid test done the next day and then the next day also. If you feel ill, then get the RTPCR test done immediately and isolate at home. According to experts, if you have symptoms like corona, then isolate yourself, whatever the test result is.
Now the fourth dose of vaccine
Two or three doses of the vaccine are not enough to protect against the corona virus. Rather, now the need for the fourth dose is being understood. That is why Israel has decided to introduce the fourth dose of the vaccine, the first country in the world to do so. The importance of the vaccine and its booster dose is also being understood in ending the corona epidemic. This trend is expected to increase further next year. Taking a bold step, Israel has decided to apply the fourth dose against Corona AK. The fourth dose will be administered to people above 60 years of age, people at risk groups and health workers. A panel of health experts in Israel has recommended a fourth dose. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett welcomed the panel’s recommendations, ordering that officials prepare a campaign to introduce a fourth dose. Bennett has said that this is a very good recommendation from experts, with this we will be able to overcome the wave of Omicron. He said that the citizens of Israel were the first to get the third dose of the corona vaccine in the world. Now we are going to be the leader in fourth dose also. In the world, the third booster dose was first started in Israel itself. Earlier this dose was applied to the at-risk group. But after a few weeks it was made available to the general public. Of the 9.3 million people in Israel, 4 million Israelis have received the third dose.