Home Health Disorders cure Disorders Cure on January 1, 2022 In the first 24 hours of the new year, India has recorded 22,775 new cases and 406 deaths. The number of Omicron cases in India now stands at 1431. There are currently 1,04,781 active cases in the country. As a result of Omicron, cases of Coronavirus disease have increased worldwide, including in India. Friday, the final day of 2021, Delhi reported 1,796 new cases of Covid-19, while Maharashtra reported a staggering 8,067 cases  . Common symptoms of COVID-19 still include cough, high fever, and loss of taste and smell. But experts pointed out that Omicron also has some symptoms specific to that particular variant. COVID-19 Symptoms Specific To The Omicron Variant Initial symptoms of Omicron infection may appear to be milder than those associated with the Delta variant. Symptoms of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 may be well known, such as a stuffy, runny … [Read more...] about Omicron: What Are The COVID-19 Symptoms Specific To The Omicron Variant?
Home Health Health on January 3, 2022 The notion that Omicron is a natural vaccine is a "dangerous idea" spread by irresponsible people who don't take into account "long COVID" about which very little is understood, experts have said. The Omicron variant of COVID-19, which is said to be much more infectious than the other variants, is, however, causing milder infections, less hospitalisation and deaths which is leading to the notion that it can act as a natural vaccine. Recently, a Maharashtra health official also claimed that Omicron will act as a natural vaccine and may help in COVID-19's progression towards the endemic stage. Noted virologist Shahid Jameel said the notion that Omicron is a natural vaccine is a dangerous idea spread by irresponsible people. "It breeds complacency and is rooted more in pandemic fatigue and the inability to do more, than in evidence available at this time," he told PTI. Jameel, the former … [Read more...] about Omicron Natural Vaccine? Experts Call Notion Dangerous, Say Doesn’t Take Long Covid Into Account
Home Health Health on January 4, 2022 Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday termed the Omicron variant of the coronavirus a "common viral fever", but said exercising caution is important even then. Speaking to reporters here after inspecting the COVID-19 vaccination programme for children in the age group of 15-18 years, Adityanath said, "It is true that Omicron spreads rapidly, but it is also true that as compared to the second wave (of the pandemic), the variant is quite weak. This is only a common viral fever, but caution and precautions are necessary for any disease. There is no need to panic." He said it took 15-25 days to recover for those who were infected with the Delta variant of the virus in March-April last year and even after recuperating, they complained about a number of problems. "But that is not the case for Omicron till now. The virus has weakened. But those suffering from some other diseases … [Read more...] about Omicron Only A Common Viral Fever But Exercising Caution Important: UP CM Yogi Adityanath
Home Art culture Art Culture on January 8, 2022 With COVID-19 infection rates soaring around the world, several big events have been called off or rescheduled, like the Grammy Awards 2022, The Golden Globes 2022, however, will be held as scheduled on Sunday, January 9. There will no audience. The Berlinale 2022 and Cannes Film Festival 2022 are being held as scheduled, as of now. Here is a list of the art and culture events of 2022 that have been postponed due to COVID and Omicron, and those which are on schedule. Grammy Awards 2022 Preparations for the popular music awards ceremony, originally planned for January 31 in Los Angeles, were in full swing until a surge in COVID cases in the US forced organizers to reschedule the event. New dates are yet to be announced. Golden Globe Awards 2022 The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organises the Golden Globe Awards, recently announced a very stripped-down version … [Read more...] about Omicron: Have The 2022 Golden Globes, Grammy Awards, Oscars, Berlinale, Cannes Been Postponed?
Home Health Health on January 7, 2022 Mutations in Omicron can strengthen the affinity of the coronavirus variant for the human cells, which could increase its infectivity and evasion of antibodies, according to researchers. The scientists from Boston College in the US developed a computer model that can predict mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and provide insights into future variants of concern before they emerge. The team used the model to develop an initial set of predictions about the role of mutations on infectivity and immune response evasion of Omicron and other SARS-CoV-2 variants with human host cells. "We find that Omicron has not reached its full potential to bind human host cells," said Babak Momeni, Assistant Professor at Boston College. "We identify mutations that can strengthen the virus affinity for the human cell, which could increase infectivity and evasion of antibodies," said Momeni, lead researcher on the … [Read more...] about Computer Model Predicts Omicron May Evolve To Increase Transmission, Immune Escape
Home Health Health on January 8, 2022 The reduced severity of the Omicron variant is good news for now, but it is the result of an "evolutionary mistake" and does not indicate that the virus which causes COVID-19 is becoming less virulent, a leading Indian-origin scientist from the University of Cambridge warned on Thursday. Ravindra Gupta, Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the Cambridge Institute for Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Diseases (CITIID), led a recent study on the Omicron variant and was among the first globally to describe the modified fusion mechanism of cells at play which might make Omicron more visible to the body's immune defences. While the study showed that the new variant, dominant in the UK and now sweeping parts of India, is infecting the cells found in the lungs less, the virus itself is not intending to become milder. "There is this assumption that viruses become more benign over time but … [Read more...] about Omicron’s Mildness A ‘Mistake’, Covid Itself Not Getting Milder, Warns UK Expert
Home Health Health on January 10, 2022 The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic across all states is being driven by the fast-spreading Omicron variant, official sources said on Saturday, citing the latest data. Till a few days ago it was only in the western region of the country that the surge in Covid cases was due to Omicron, while in the northeastern states, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Odisha the Delta variant was predominant. A source said, however, the latest data suggests that all eastern states have also reported high numbers of Omicron cases. "So going by that it can be said that the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic across all states is being driven by the fast-spreading and highly transmissible Omicron variant," the source said. India saw a single-day rise of 1,41,986 new coronavirus infections taking the total case tally to 3,53,68,372, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday. The … [Read more...] about Data Shows Omicron Variant Driving Third Wave Of Pandemic Across States
Home Health Disorders cure Disorders Cure on January 11, 2022 It has been reported that a strain of COVID-19 containing both delta and omicron has been found in Cyprus, according to Leondios Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus and head of the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Molecular Virology. "There are currently omicron and delta co-infections, and we found this strain that is a combination of these two," Kostrikis said in an interview with Sigma TV Friday. The discovery was named 'deltacron' due to the identification of omicron-like genetic signatures within the delta genomes, he said  . A UK-based virologist has, however, called it a 'lab contamination' and not a new strain. According to Dr Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College London, the Cypriot Deltacron sequences that multiple large media outlets have reported appear to be entirely 'contaminated'  . … [Read more...] about Deltacron: Is It A New COVID Strain? A Combination Of Delta And Omicron? Explained
Home Health Health on January 10, 2022 India logged 552 new cases of Omicron, taking the total tally of such infections to 3,623 across 27 states and UTs so far, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. Out of the total Omicron cases, 1,409 people have migrated or recovered. Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 1,009 cases followed by Delhi at 513, Karnataka 441, Rajasthan 373, Kerala 333 and Gujarat 204. A total of 1,59,632 new coronavirus infections were reported in a day, the highest in 224 days, while the active cases increased to 5,90,611, the highest in around 197 days, according to the data updated at 8 am. On May 29 last year, India had logged 1,65,553 infections in a day. The death toll climbed to 4,83,790 with 327 fresh fatalities, the data stated. The active cases comprise 1.66 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate decreased to 96.98 per cent, the … [Read more...] about India Reports Over 1.5 Lakh New COVID-19 Cases, Omicron Tally At 3,623
Home Health Health on January 12, 2022 The Omicron variant of Covid-19 is "almost unstoppable" and everyone will eventually be infected with it, a top government expert told NDTV. Booster vaccine doses won't stop the rapid spread of the virus, he added. ''It makes no difference. The infection will occur. It has occurred all over the world regardless of this,'' he said about the booster doses. Stressing that Covid is "not a frightening disease anymore" as the new strain is milder and is leading to much less hospitalisation, he said that it's a disease we can deal with. "We are dealing with quite a different virus. It's much milder than Delta, as you all know. Not only that, it is practically unstoppable,'' Dr Jaiprakash Muliyil, epidemiologist and chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Institute of Epidemiology at the Indian Council of Medical Research, said, adding that Omicron presents itself just like … [Read more...] about Everyone Will Get Omicron, Boosters Won’t Stop It: Top Medical Expert