The cold weather is attacking us.. How do we protect ourselves from Omicron?

Many Arab countries live in cold weather conditions, so how does one protect oneself from Omicron and other strains of Corona in cold weather? What is the latest data about corona vaccines? Why is the focus currently increasing on animals and how is the Corona virus affecting them? The answers and more are in this comprehensive report.

How to protect yourself from Omicron in cold weather?

What applies to all times of the year applies to the winter season to protect against corona, and this includes the following

  • Take the corona vaccine, and take the booster dose if you are in the category that you need according to the standards in your country.
  • Keep a safe distance
  • Wear a mask, according to the World Health Organization
  • cleaning hands
  • Covering the mouth with your elbow when coughing or sneezing

General nutritional advice

Dietitian Dina B Deli, from Mugla Sedki Kuchman University in Mugla, western Turkey, had said – in previous statements, “The cold winter season this year coincides with the increased risks associated with the Corona virus, the new mutant Omicron, and with lower temperatures during the winter, the human body begins Affected by the cold weather.

She added, “Therefore, a person needs to follow a lot of ways to warm his body, and foods that take longer to digest can raise the body’s temperature, provide it with energy and help it feel warm, in a healthy and effective way.”

The following are the foods, foods and drinks that were recommended by the specialist, Daily

  • sweet potato
  • beetroot
  • carrots
  • leek
  • green onion
  • turnip
  • radish
  • Chicken soup with vegetables and onions
  • ginger
  • Red meat
  • spinach
  • black beans
  • Whole grains
  • sesame
  • fennel
  • the ring
  • oats
  • barley
  • brown rice
  • Peanut butter, but in moderation, as it may cause weight gain
  • Spices and hot spices
  • Black pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • carnation
  • Chili pepper
  • natural honey
  • the banana
  • pumpkin

Turkish vaccine "Turkovac" outperforms its Chinese counterpart "Coronavac" Infographic Following the Phase III clinical trials, the University of "need to perk up" Turkish superiority to the local vaccine "Turkovac" on his Chinese counterpart "Coronavac" In terms of effectiveness in reducing infections with the Corona virus.  17.01.2022

What is the latest data about corona vaccines?

Effective French Vaccine Against Omicron

French biotechnology company Valneva said on Wednesday that preliminary studies showed that 3 doses of its candidate vaccine to prevent Covid-19 neutralized the mutant Omicron.

She added that all of the tested vaccine samples produced antibodies that succeeded in neutralizing the original and mutated Delta virus, while 87% of the samples succeeded in neutralizing the mutant Omicron.

“We are very pleased with these results,” the company’s chief medical officer, Juan Carlos Jaramio, said in a statement, noting that it supported the results of a previous experiment that showed a better immune response after receiving two doses of the vaccine.

Valneva expects to receive regulatory approvals for its vaccine within two months or more. If the vaccine is approved in Europe, the delivery of doses there is expected to begin in April.

Booster doses of mRNA vaccines failed to block Omicron

In the first study of its kind, South African researchers reported that booster doses of messenger RNA vaccines such as those manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech failed to prevent infection with the Omicron mutant from the Corona virus, according to what the German news agency quoted Bloomberg News as saying.

In their research published in the Lancet on Tuesday, researchers from the Universities of Cape Town and Stallenbosch in South Africa said that 7 German visitors to Cape Town had so-called COVID-19 surge infections between late November and early December last year despite They receive booster doses.

The results add to the evidence for Omicron’s ability to evade the antibodies generated by Covid-19 vaccines, and other protective agents appear to combat the strain, and so far hospital and death data indicate that it is less severe than the delta variant.

The Turkish vaccine is superior to its Chinese counterpart

Medical experiments have shown the superiority of the Turkish vaccine, Turkovac, over its Chinese counterpart, CoronaVac, in terms of effectiveness in reducing infections with the Corona virus.

In statements he made to reporters, last week, at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Professor Dr. Serhat Unal, coordinator of the work of the third phase of trials for the Turkish vaccine, said that the experiments they conducted on the Turkish vaccine showed its superiority in terms of effectiveness in reducing the infection with corona.

Onal added that the effectiveness of Turkovac is superior to its counterpart in the Chinese vaccine Coronavac, by 49.29%.

He explained that these data are based on analyzes and experiments conducted up to December 27.

On August 27, 2021, the Turkish Erciyes University in the state of Kayseri (central), began the third phase of tests for its Turkovac vaccine on volunteers.

The first phase of human trials for the vaccine began on November 5, 2020, while the first dose of the second phase was vaccinated on February 10.

It is worth noting that Erciyes University developed the local Turkovac vaccine in cooperation with the Presidency of the Turkish Health Institutes of the Ministry of Health.

Why is the focus currently increasing on animals and how is the Corona virus affecting them?

The focus is currently increasing on animals and how the Corona virus affects them, after some countries announced infections with Covid-19 in large and small animals as a result of an infection transmitted between them and humans.

A study published Tuesday in South Africa revealed that large cats (felines) in cages in zoos are at risk of contracting Covid-19 due to transmission of infection from their workers.

Researchers found evidence that 3 lions and a mountain lion were infected after they were infected by the people involved in raising them in a zoo in Johannesburg, although some of them did not show symptoms.

In Hong Kong, the authorities indicated that the hamster was responsible for two human injuries.

The city government faced growing anger on Wednesday over its decision to cull about 2,000 small animals in pet stores, after a number of hamsters sold in stores tested positive for Covid-19.

“There is no evidence at the international level yet that pets can transmit the Corona virus to humans… but we will take preventive measures against any vector,” Health Minister Sophia Chan told reporters.

WHO warns against underestimating Omicron

The World Health Organization has warned that COVID-19 is not over. “This epidemic is still far from over,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at its headquarters in Geneva on Tuesday.

And the director of the United Nations Health Organization warned against underestimating the seriousness of the Omicron, the mutant that has spread widely from Latin America to East Asia, since it was first discovered in southern Africa in November.

“Omicron may be less severe on average, but the narrative that it is a mild disease is misleading,” he said.

Source : Al Jazeera + Agencies + Social Media

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