Digital Desk, New Delhi. Amidst the rapidly growing influence of Omicron, experts around the world have become active regarding this variant. Data and studies related to this are coming out every day. Although Omicron has not so far appeared as dangerous as compared to the older variants, a leading scientist of Indian origin has claimed that treating it as mild could prove to be a huge mistake.
Professor Ravindra Gupta, a leading Indian-origin scientist at the University of Cambridge, has warned that Omicron’s low severity is good news for now, but it is showing that the next variant could be more dangerous.
Ravindra Gupta, professor of clinical microbiology at the Cambridge Institute for Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Diseases (CITIID), recently led a study on the Omicron variant. The study revealed that the new variant is so far less infecting the cells found in the lungs.
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Professor Gupta said, “After Omicron is less effective, people have created the impression that viruses weaken over time, but this is not the case with Corona, it will come with constant changes over time.
He explained about its effect that it may prove to be foolish to take SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) lightly because its infection is spreading very fast even in the era of vaccination. “Omicron’s finding of reduced severity is obviously good news for now, but if a new variant comes out it will certainly not have these characteristics and may return to the severity we’ve seen before,” he said.
vaccination is necessary
Ravindra Gupta also asked for emphasis on Kovid vaccination. To protect against the virus, a booster dose must be given because precautions are necessary and vaccination is very important to prevent the spread of infection.
He said, “We have mild symptomatic conditions, but we should use this opportunity to increase vaccination. India has more cases of infection from the delta form so there has been some immunity developed. Vaccination is very good. We know that Omicron is capable of evading vaccines and a third booster dose is necessary.”
WHO also warned
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also cautioned that although the Omicron variant is less severe than Delta, especially in vaccinated people, this does not mean that we place it in the ‘mild’ category.
“Omicron is hospitalizing people and it’s also killing people. Cases are emerging much faster than the older variants,” he said during a press conference in Geneva.
corona virus entered the third year
The coronavirus was first reported in December 2019 in the central China city of Wuhan, since then it has engulfed the entire world, so far more than 3,00,17,300 people have been infected worldwide and 54, More than 72,000 people have lost their lives.