By Aditi Magesh, Grade 10
As the Neev Community is finally approaching Face-to-Face classes after spending the better part of the last two years online, there is just one question on our minds: Should we be scared about the Omicron variant?
For those of you who are unaware, the Omicron variant was a strand of the virus that originated in South Africa. On 26th November, it was designated as a new variant of Covid-19.
According to the official WHO website, we do not have sufficient information to judge just how severe this variant is. WHO has stated that it is likely that our current vaccines can protect us against the variant, and the variant itself will not have effects that are any more serious than other variants. However, we must take into consideration that this information has not been backed up by sufficient scientific evidence. Epidemiological studies are underway to understand a bit more on the transmissibility and severity of the omicron variant.
You may be asking what this means for our individual futures, as well as the futures of our community. For now, WHO recommends that we continue to follow proven practices that help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in general. This means that we must maintain social distance, wear masks at all times, wash our hands regularly, and sanitize as often as possible. Most of the adults in our community would have already received their vaccine by now, and the children’s vaccine is set to reach the public soon.
For now, it’s best to be optimistic about our future, and returning to our new normal. However, we must remain vigilant about safety if we are to ensure this continued optimism.