KARE COVID-19 RESPONSE BULLETIN 59- OMICRON EDITION
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How is the Omicron variant impacting kids?
Parents are highly concerned about the safety of their kids as Omicron cases surge around the world. Reports suggest that children could be vulnerable to the new COVID-19 variant. Omicron mainly influences the upper respiratory tract to have higher infections making them more vulnerable to the various agents in the air. Other common symptoms include runny nose, persistent sneezing, sore throat, headache, and cough. Kids under 5 years infected with the omicron variant are presenting symptoms of croup. |Times of India
Revised COVID-19 guidelines for children
The Union Health Ministry has issued the revised comprehensive guidelines for Management of COVID-19 in children and adolescents. The guidelines advise against the use of antivirals or monoclonal antibodies on children less than 18 years of age, irrespective of severity. Although Omicron is considered to be less severe, there is a need for a careful watch. The guidelines also added that children aged 6-11 years may wear a mask depending on the ability of the child to use a mask safely and appropriately under direct supervision of parents or guardians. |Tribune India
Omicron wave ebbing in Mumbai, in rest of India, it could linger till March
There has been a decline in the number of Omicron cases in Mumbai, but experts suggest that it may take at least another month before the rest of the country experiences a decline in the third wave. The Omicron wave takes three weeks to reach a peak and is about three times faster than the Delta wave. According to epidemiologist, Dr Giridhar Babu, “The next two weeks are crucial across India.” Maharashtra’s COVID-19 task force member, Dr Shashank Joshi added that there would be a high possibility of the pandemic declining if there is no new variant of concern beyond March and April. |Times of India
Omicron causing hospitalizations and deaths: WHO chief on the impact of new variant
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pointed out that Omicron infections are inundating health facilities. The chief stated that COVID-19 is circulating far too intensely with many still vulnerable. He further cautioned that individuals are more at risk of severe illness and death if they are unvaccinated. The Omicron variant can put off immunity and this makes it an even dangerous virus, he further added. Studies show that the Omicron variant in circulation overtakes Delta and it is now becoming the dominant variant showing a shorter doubling time than the latter. |Live Mint
Omicron increases immunity against Delta only if vaccinated: WHO chief scientist
According to Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist of the World Health Organisation, Omicron infection can increase immunity against the Delta variant only if individuals are vaccinated. In unvaccinated people, Omicron doesn’t generate immunity against other variants. So, infection is not a substitute for vaccination. The statement comes in support of a recent study that suggests ‘Vaccination helps in Omicron response.’ Unvaccinated people lose protection against Delta and don’t gain a boost to Delta. |Live Mint
Booster dose neutralises Omicron variant
An international team of researchers studied the sensitivity of Omicron to antibodies. According to Oliver Schwartz, Head of the virus and Immunity Unit at the Institute Pasteur, Omicron has acquired significant resistance to antibodies, and most of the therapeutic monoclonal antibodies currently available against SARS-CoV-2 are inactive. It was also found that vaccinated individuals with two doses barely neutralised the Omicron variant when observed after five months of vaccination. However, those who had received a booster dose of Pfizer, analysed after one month of vaccination remained effective against Omicron. The long-term efficacy of the booster dose is yet to be analysed.|NDTV
Omicron is a ‘deviant’ from the COVID-19 pandemic progression script
Omicron, the highly infectious variant of coronavirus, is driving the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic in India. Virologist Dr T. Jacob John said, “Omicron is a “deviant” from the COVID-19 pandemic progression script and so it must be postulated that two pandemics are going on side by side, one by the Delta and the other by the latest variant of concern.” He also added that diseases caused by them are different and future variants may be more infectious and less pathogenic. |The Hindu
Do COVID-19 vaccines have an answer for omicron?
The Head of Russia’s Gamaleya Research Centre, Alexander Gintsburg, on Tuesday said that the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V against omicron is 75% and its protection increases to 100% if the person receives a Sputnik Light booster dose in six months. He also warned that the efficacy might decrease to 56-57% if revaccination is not done. Similarly, the Covaxin vaccine of Bharat Biotech is found to neutralize the omicron variant. “More than 90% of all individuals boosted with Covaxin showed neutralizing antibodies,” the company said. |Economic Times
India extends ban on scheduled international flights till February 28
Due to the COVID-19 surge, the suspension on scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till February 28, 2022, by the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. Also, flights of 28 countries under the air bubble pact will not be affected and are they have been asked to ensure strict compliance. Therefore special international flights can be operated by their airlines between their territories with specific restrictions. |Live Mint
Odisha Starts Trial Run Of ‘OmiSure’ Kits for Detection of Omicron Variant
The Odisha government has received 30,000 ‘OmiSure’ RT-PCR test kits for early detection of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The ‘OmiSure’ kits can detect the Omicron variant in nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal specimens during the RT-PCR tests. The kits will be used in districts recording high positivity rates in the state. Odisha was the first state in the country to place an order for ‘OmiSure’ kits after Tata Medical and Diagnostics Ltd (TATA MD) in partnership with ICMR developed it.. The kits will first be used in four cities – Berhampur, Cuttack, Rourkela and Bhubaneswar. |Outlook India
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