Omicron variant is not fatal but India should not rule out the possibility of a third COVID-19 wave amid the rising scenario, said Executive Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bibinagar, Dr Vikas Bhatia, on Saturday, December 5.
What Dr Bhatia told the ANI?
While speaking to ANI about the new Omicron variant, Dr Bhatia said that more information is needed to ascertain the exact threat of the virus but it so far seems non-fatal.
Dr Bhatia noted that India should be prepared to fight a possible ‘third wave’ which might be because of the emerging Omicron variant keeping in mind it is highly transferable but possibly with low fatality.
Omicron have mild symptoms
The health expert further added that in most cases Omicron symptoms have been reported to be mild but one needs to be very careful because of its rapid transmission rate.
“It might be a mild disease. It is possibly being observed in some countries such as South Africa that the gap between the infection and the manifestation of the disease is a little longer. And when it is longer than the Delta virus, it is likely to be transmitting and infecting more and more people. Now in case, the transmission rate is high, but its killing power is low, then it can transmit and generate immunity among the people,” he told ANI.