A doctor claims that the mutated strain Omicron is different from the original Corona virus
Is the mutated strain Omicron a different virus from the original Corona? What is the new sign that may indicate Omicron infection? And what should we pay attention to in the winter season to protect ourselves from influenza in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic? The answers are in this report.
Omicron is not the same as COVID-19
An immunologist at the University of Oxford has claimed that the Omicron strain that has gripped the world is not “the same disease we’ve been seeing for over a year”, bolstering reports about the nature of the milder strain, according to a report. To report in Bloomberg.
John Bell, professor of medicine at Oxford University, said that the strain first discovered at the end of last November appears to be less severe, and even patients who end up in hospital spend less time there.
“The horrific scenes we saw over a year ago, like intensive care units full, a lot of people dying prematurely – are now history in my opinion, and I think we have to rest assured that this is likely to continue,” he added.
What is the new sign that may indicate infection Omicron?
The answer is that the person suffers from a hoarse and hoarse voice despite not singing or screaming, that is, using his voice in a way that may cause hoarseness, according to a report in the newspaper The mirror.
Dr. Angelique Coetzee (a South African doctor who first alerted the authorities to the COVID-19 variant) said muscle aches, fatigue, a cramped throat and night sweats are common Omicron symptoms.
Many of those infected with Omicron reported that the first signals could be heard rather than felt.
This side effect, which results in itching rather than a sore throat, often occurs before other symptoms, such as nasal congestion, dry cough and lower back pain.
With the spread of Corona and its mutants, do not forget the seasonal flu
It is necessary to pay attention to the danger posed by influenza even though the world is preoccupied with corona and its new strains.
Here, we provide this information about the differences and similarities between the Covid-19 virus and the influenza virus, by According to the World Health Organization:
What are the similarities between the COVID-19 virus and the influenza virus?
1- COVID-19 and influenza are two diseases that both affect the respiratory system
Both viruses share some symptoms, including cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, headache, and fatigue. Individuals may have varying levels of illness with COVID-19 and influenza. Those infected may not have any symptoms, and may develop mild symptoms or may develop severe illness. Influenza and COVID-19 can lead to death, according to the WHO.
2- COVID-19 and influenza spread in similar ways
COVID-19 and influenza are spread by droplets and droplets that an infected person spreads when coughing, sneezing, talking, singing, or breathing.
The droplets and spray can land on the eyes, noses or mouths of nearby people, usually within 1 meter of the infected person, and sometimes even further.
People can get COVID-19 or the flu when they come into contact with contaminated surfaces and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth without washing their hands.
3- Some individuals of the same groups are more susceptible to severe illness due to COVID-19 and influenza
Although all age groups can be infected with COVID-19 and the influenza virus, the following people are at higher risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 and influenza:
- the elderly
- People of all ages with chronic medical conditions, such as chronic conditions of heart, lung, kidney, metabolic or neurological disease, liver disease or blood disease.
- People with immunosuppression: People with HIV, patients receiving chemotherapy or steroids, malignant tumors, health care workers who are at high risk for COVID-19 and influenza.
- Pregnant women and those who have recently given birth are also at high risk of contracting severe influenza and COVID-19.
4- The same preventive measures are effective against COVID-19 and influenza
To protect against COVID-19 and influenza, use the following public health and social measures:
- Avoid crowded and poorly ventilated places, according to the WHO
- Open windows or doors to keep rooms well ventilated
- Cover your mouth and nose with the bend of the elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue into a closed trash
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth
- Stay home if you feel unwell
Call your medical provider if you develop any of the following severe symptoms of COVID-19, which include:
- shortness of breath
- Constant pain or pressure in the chest
- High temperature (more than 38 degrees Celsius)
5- There are safe and effective vaccines to prevent COVID-19 and influenza
COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to protect against severe illness and death from COVID-19. Millions of people around the world have safely received COVID-19 vaccines, and the vaccines have met strict standards for safety, efficacy and quality.
Also, getting vaccinated may protect the people around you, and if you are protected from infection with Covid-19, you reduce the chances of transmitting the infection to others, and Covid-19 vaccines do not protect against influenza.
The World Health Organization recommends getting vaccinated every year to prevent severe influenza in high-risk groups: pregnant women, individuals with underlying health conditions, the elderly, health workers, and young children.
What are the differences between the COVID-19 virus and the influenza virus?
1- Corona and influenza treatments are not the same
Options currently used in medical facilities to treat COVID-19 include oxygen, corticosteroids, and IL6 receptor blockers for severely ill patients.
Treatment for people with severe respiratory illness includes advanced respiratory support, such as the use of ventilators, and there are many other options for treating COVID-19 that are currently undergoing clinical trials, according to the WHO.
Antiviral drugs for influenza can reduce severe complications and the possibility of death, and are especially important for the most vulnerable groups, and it is important to remember that antibiotics are not effective against the influenza virus or the Covid-19 virus.
2- Corona vaccines are different from influenza vaccines
Vaccines developed for COVID-19 do not protect against influenza, and similarly the influenza vaccine does not protect against COVID-19.
If I get the flu, do I also need the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes, you need both vaccinations.
Can a person get COVID-19 and the flu at the same time?
Yes, one can get both diseases at the same time, and the most effective way to prevent hospitalization and severe infection with COVID-19 and influenza is with both the vaccines.
Continue to follow preventive measures, such as maintaining a distance of at least one meter from others, and if this is not possible, wear an appropriate mask, avoid crowded and poorly ventilated places, open windows and doors to maintain good ventilation in rooms, and wash your hands frequently.
How can I protect myself from COVID-19 and influenza?
The most effective way to prevent infection with the virus that causes Covid-19 is to get vaccinated and follow the prevention measures: keep at least one meter away from others, and if you are unable to do so, wear an appropriate mask, avoid crowded and poorly ventilated places, and open windows and doors to keep Maintain good ventilation in rooms, and wash your hands frequently, according to the WHO.
Source : Al Jazeera + Agencies + Bloomberg + World Health Organization + Mirror