A new variant of Covid was found in South Africa last week of November. While not many hospitalizations have been reported, healthcare professionals are apprehensive about the modus operandi of the new strain. This short write-up lets us find out more about the Covid new variant named omicron. Omicron – What we know so far, FAQs Let us find answers to the frequently asked questions about this new variant. 1. What is the New Variant? The new corona is being referred to as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). It has evidence that several mutations of it are present, which may determine its behavior. A lot of research is being carried out to find out more. 2. Is Omicron more Contagious? Nothing can be said as of now whether it is more contagious or it is easily transmissible as compared to Delta. But taking adequate precautions can keep you safe. 3. Do Symptoms Differ From other Variants? There is no adequate information that can suggest whether omicron, the new corona has different symptoms. 4. Effectiveness of Vaccines against the new Corona Research is still ongoing, but some experts believe that the vaccines may to some extent reduce the severity of the cases preventing death. 5. Prior Infection and Reinfection with Omicron As evidence suggested by WHO indicates that if you have been infected with Covid-19 earlier, it is quite likely that you might be reinfected easily with the Covid new variant. However, information gathered is limited, and WHO is constantly issuing updates as it gathers information. 6. Can the new Coronavirus Variant be Detected in the Covid-19 Tests? The much sought-after RT-PCR test has continued to be one of the ways to test for Covid-19 infection detection. And this also includes Omicron, the new corona variant. Research is also being carried out to find out whether rapid antigen test is as effective as the current method of testing. 7. Will the new Coronavirus Variant Affect more Children? Not much information is available regarding the same. But it is always better to stay away from the crowd. However, people who have not been vaccinated are more likely to contract the infection. 8. How will you Protect yourself From the New Covid Variant? Until time concrete evidence and their remedies are available officially. You just need to do the following- \tWear a mask that offers adequate protection and covers both your nose and mouth. Ill-fitting or small masks will not offer protection. \tTry and avoid places that are crowded and maintain a safe distance of at least 1 meter. \tStay away from areas that are poorly ventilated \tAlways keep the windows open so that there is adequate air circulation. \tLast but not the least, book your vaccination slots if you still have not received what you have a right on! Further Reading \t USA Coronavirus Vaccine – What is USA planning? \t Are We Getting the Coronavirus Vaccine soon? \t COVID FREE NEW ZEALAND – How did it Become Corona Virus Free?