Omicron wave in India: Due to Omicron in the country, the speed of corona has increased. Cases of infection have started increasing continuously and the number of deaths is also increasing. Restrictions have now been tightened in most states. Various speculations are also being made about the peak of Omicron. Bhramar Mukherjee, a data scientist at the University of Michigan, USA, has given much important information on this variant.
- Omicron’s fast-growing cases are not light Omicron may have more variants
Corona cases are increasing continuously in the country. The main reason behind this is believed to be the Omicron variant itself. Scientists and health experts around the world are warning not to take this variant lightly. At the same time, various speculations are being made about its peak. Bhramar Mukherjee, a data scientist at the University of Michigan, USA, has given much important information on the Omicron variant.
Current status of India on Omicron
Professor Mukherjee says that coronavirus comes very quietly every time and suddenly it explodes. To keep a hold on it, it is necessary to understand its behavior. When it is growing slowly, only then a strategy should be made to stop it. People felt that Omicron would not come to India but it not only came to India but also spread completely. In December, the third wave of corona had arrived in India. Efforts are being made to stop it when it has spread everywhere. The policies of the government are also being seen differently in every wave.
In an interview with Dainik Bhaskar, Professor Mukherjee said that the peak of the Omicron wave in India will come at different times in every state. For example, in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, it can come by the end of January and across the country by the middle of February.
We need to learn from our past mistakes.
Schools are closed, funerals and weddings have limited gathering. Tremendous disruption to the public life due to Omicron. Rightfully so.
Continuing with unmasked political rallies and “Gangasagar Mela” will be disastrous for people.
— Bhramar Mukherjee (@BhramarBioStat) January 6, 2022
The vaccine is protecting against serious disease
Professor Mukherjee says that at present 60 percent of the population in India has received a single dose of both the vaccine and 90 percent of the people. People are now more protected from the virus than in the first and second waves. The number of deaths and hospitalizations has come down significantly. Omicron appears to be a mild virus but can be dangerous for some people. The vaccine is also not 100% effective, so it may be that the number of hospitalizations in India will increase in the coming time. Its pressure can also increase on the health system. The same is being seen in America.
Professor Mukherjee wrote in a tweet, “I hear every day that Omicron is milder than Delta. India’s preparedness for the Omicron wave is better than the US. We must note that even though we are very frightening Don’t reach the situation, but even then the situation cannot be called good. (Omicron wave in India)
A thought on relative statements I hear daily.
Omicron is milder then Delta.
India’s response to the Omicron wave has been better than the US.
We need to think about the performance of the reference category. Being better than very bad can still be bad in absolute terms.
— Bhramar Mukherjee (@BhramarBioStat) January 12, 2022
Scientists have different opinions on Omicron
Scientists have different opinions about Omicron. Some are telling this wave to be very dangerous, while some are telling it like a natural vaccine, which is working to make antibodies in the body. Some people say that this virus will be eradicated from the world with Omicron, while some scientists say that there are more new and dangerous variants yet to come.
Professor Mukherjee says that from the initial data it seemed that Omicron is mild but now it has been found that it is not a mild disease for everyone. The data shows that Omicron is not going to end the pandemic. More variants may come in the future and accordingly, we should make a new response system. We should keep an eye on the hospital data and make plans accordingly. Professor Mukherjee said that children are also getting infected with Omicron, but deaths are decreasing. Data from other countries shows that it has a mild effect on children, but we should take all precautions.
Professor Mukherjee says that to prevent this, people should get the second dose of vaccine and booster as soon as possible. Avoid going to crowded places. The government should also consider keeping things open in a careful and safe way instead of lockdown. He said that self-testing should be encouraged in India so that people can protect themselves.
Some people are suggesting to stop testing for COVID. I find that argument troubling.
Ubiquitous testing is one way to keep infections low. I do home tests 👇 as I am in a COVID hotspot Kolkata and I want to keep my parents safe.
If I had symptoms or + home test, I will do PCR. pic.twitter.com/KP0mWsxFHi
— Bhramar Mukherjee (@BhramarBioStat) January 5, 2022
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