Omicron, the fast-spreading virus that’s been giving people headaches and nosebleeds all over the world, has now been confirmed in China, Japan, and South Korea—and the number of reported cases keeps growing every day. How can we learn from countries where omicron is surging? Although it’s too early to confirm any pattern regarding the spread of this particular disease, there are some lessons we can learn from how other countries have tried to contain it in the past and our own experiences with dealing with similar epidemics here in North America.
It may not take long for Omicron to become the dominant strain
The recent spike in new cases of Omicron may be scary for countries with low immunization rates, but it may also not take long for omicron to become dominant. While its rapid spread may indicate that antibodies are not a long-term solution to future cases, as they are still effective today.
Research suggests that it only takes 20% coverage of a population to significantly protect against an outbreak. To help protect more people around the world, funders and global health organizations must focus on increasing access to existing vaccines as well as the development of better treatments for both strains.
While some countries have resisted vaccines out of fear, education and partnerships with healthcare workers could go a long way towards addressing these concerns. In fact, with enough time and resources, it’s possible to see the complete eradication of both Strain A & B. That’s why supporting research into vaccinations for high-risk populations is so important; even if immediate results aren’t immediately available, developing new technology will give us insight into how to solve the problem—and perhaps others like it—in future outbreaks.
What can we learn from countries where omicron is surging?
India has seen a surge in cases of omicron, a deadly airborne virus that makes those it infects violent and untreatable. This epidemic could be an opportunity for India to examine other nations that have seen similar outbreaks, so as to better prepare itself for future threats.
By far we know that omicron is seven times transmissible than the previous COVID what researchers predicted, by looking at epidemiological patterns, financial impacts, and social challenges over time, so India should take a step forward to see How can we control it. We need to look at possible areas that are infected by omicron and find out where else it’s spreading. This may sound cruel but then again it’s better than anyone getting infected.
The most effective way to deal with a virus is to stop it from spreading. But when it comes to our current pandemic, that’s already happening. The World Health Organization estimates that at least 10 percent of the world’s population will have contracted omicron by June 1st, and that number will only rise as time goes on.
In order to combat potential outbreaks before they happen, governments must act quickly; even in medically advanced countries like Japan or France, which have only recently seen an upswing in omicron prevalence, people have been forced to create DIY quarantine kits out of previously-owned items or simply hide inside their homes. Many fear what will happen if larger cities begin to collapse under unrest spurred by fear and disease.
The strength of civilization lies not just in government preparedness but also in individual courage. Until society finds a way to protect its members against killer viruses, individuals with means should do everything they can to keep themselves safe.