What we don’t know: Amidst all the fears, it is important to remember that we still know a little about this new species – and we have been concerned with other species that have never been in the past. Key questions are about whether it increases the spread, even if it increases the health consequences – which lead to deaths and hospitalizations – and in particular, whether it reduces the immune system provided by the vaccine, or previous illnesses. We do not have definitive answers to these questions – although it seems possible, depending on the changes, it may affect the effectiveness of the vaccine to some extent.
If so, vaccinators need to move quickly to bring in new varieties. Fortunately MRNA technology means it is easier to replicate the vaccine. Modern ‘and Chief Medical Officer Paul Burton he sells the BBC Sunday that his company could have a new addition – one made to hold Omicron — ready to be released next year.
Researchers around the world are now rushing to collect what we need to know how to worry. We also do not know how Omicron got its start. Experts have long warned that access to a global vaccine – South Africa, from which Omicron appears to have originated, with a 35% vaccine – is at global risk because it gives the virus a chance to change.
What you can do: As in the case of the epidemic, the best thing you and your loved ones can do is protect yourself and get vaccinated. If you have been given a stimulating shot, take it. While it is possible that Omicron may undermine the effectiveness of the vaccine, it will not completely eliminate it.