05 January 2022

On 26 November 2021, World Health Organization designated the variant B.1.1.529 a variant of concern, named Omicron.

Omicron COVID Variant Symptoms:

Most common symptoms - fever, cough, tiredness, loss of taste or smell.

Less common symptoms - sore throat, headache, aches, pains, diarrhea, a rash on skin, discoloration of fingers or toes red or irritated eyes.

Serious symptoms - difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, loss of speech or mobility, or confusion or chest pain.

Note: If anyone has any of these symptoms then he/she should urgently take the COVID test.

What you can do to protect yourself from Omicron

The best way to prevent new variants is to get vaccinated, because if more people are vaccinated, it decreases the opportunity for the virus to spread and mutate.

Precautions: Protect yourself and those around you
  • Get vaccinated as soon as it’s your turn and follow local guidance on vac-cination.
  • Keep physical distance of at least 1 metre from others, even if they don’t appear to be sick. Avoid crowds and close contact.
  • Wear a properly fitted mask when physical distancing is not possible and in poorly ventilated settings.
  • Clean your hands frequently with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Dispose of used tissues immediately and clean hands regularly.

Wear your mask properly
  • Make sure your mask covers your nose, mouth, and chin.
  • Clean your hands before you put your mask on, before and after you take it off, and after you touch it at any time.
  • When you take off your mask, store it in a clean plastic bag, and every day either wash it if it’s a fabric mask or dispose of it in a trash bin if it’s a medical mask.
  • Don’t use masks with valves.

Keep good hygiene

By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses that cause colds, flu, and COVID-19.

To ensure good hygiene you should:
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with either an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. This eliminates germs that may be on your hands, including viruses.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the used tissue immediately into a closed bin and wash your hands.