This is how we begin our year 2022: a new year, a new variant. Coronavirus infection will most likely continue to rise as a result of the highly modified Omicron variety, resulting in another “severe surge.”
As the country faces yet another COVID-19 variety, it’s critical to understand what Omicron is, how it begins, and what the symptoms of this new COVID-19 variant are.
Omicron’s many variants could lead to more aggressive resistance to current vaccinations. The strain’s triple mutations indicate that it has a stronger immune system.
As of December 21, 2021, this strain had spread to 106 countries and regions since it was originally discovered on November 09, 2021.
On December 12, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the Omicron strain is more contagious than the Delta strain, as seen by early data from relevant research, and that it may compromise vaccine efficacy while causing less severe symptoms.
The Omicron strain has the potential to impair vaccine effectiveness and puts exposed individuals at a higher risk of contracting this strain, according to a WHO assessment released on December 15, 2021.
The Department of Health discovered ten new Omicron cases on December 31, 2021, three of which are local cases. According to the Department of Health, local transmission of the COVID-19 Omicron form is already a “high likelihood” in the Philippines. Following the discovery of three local Omicron cases, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles stated on Friday, December 31, 2021, that Metro Manila would be placed on Alert 3 from January 3 to 15, 2022, bringing the region’s Alert Level 2 to a close.
A rapid surge of cases is likely, according to Father Austriaco, a Filipino priest and microbiologist. He is hopeful, though, that Omicron will be a blessing and will signal the end of the pandemic. “We have to recognize that Omicron represents the beginning of the end of the pandemic,” he declared during a GoNegosyo Townhall. “Omicron will give the kind of population immunity that will stabilize our communities and allow us to reopen.” He went on to predict that the Omicron-caused surge will be moderate, with fewer hospitalizations and fatalities. “It’s milder,” he noted, “but if you’re unvaccinated, it’s still more difficult.”
Getting infected by Omicron comes with its own symptoms and to achieve immunity from this strain once infected, recovery is still the goal
To date, the known symptoms of Omicron are as follows:
- Sore Muscles
- Dry Cough/Sore Throat
- Extreme Tiredness
The DOH reported 17,220 additional infections bringing total active cases to 56,561. They have reported 43 known cases of the variant.
Throughout the pandemic, several treatments were given little consideration. Treatments for physiological, emotional, and psychological rehabilitation are also important in the fight against this illness. In China, three Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) are used to treat COVID-19, and we are fortunate to have one of these three TCMs, Lianhua Qingwen Capsule, registered and widely distributed in the Philippines.
Practicing social distancing, wearing a face mask, frequent hand washing, and using sanitizing alcohol, as well as staying healthy by exercising, getting enough sunlight, eating well, and getting enough sleep. Early treatment is important. Do not put off taking Lianhua Qingwen until your symptoms worsen. Take it as soon as you notice symptoms to speed up your recovery. Remember the importance of the Philippine government’s PDITR +V (Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, Reintegrate, and Vaccinate) plan, which will undoubtedly cut off transmission chains. Of course, with everyone’s cooperation, we can all do our part to assist contain and managing the COVID-19 outbreak.
All of this information should be useful to the community, businesses, and organizations, as well as local and national governments, as the country experiences a “severe surge” of the Omicron Variant. This is a battle between man and an elusive pathogen. This struggle against COVID-19 will almost certainly be won if everyone works together.
Despite its safety, Lianhua Qingwen is currently classified as a prescription drug (Rx)—requiring a doctor’s prescription. Prescription-holding consumers may purchase it in all Mercury Drug Stores, Southstar Drug, Watsons, Rose Pharmacy, and TGP nationwide and other pharmacies at a suggested retail price of P288.00/box (24 capsules/box).
For more information on Lianhua Qingwen, visit www.philarchipelago.com or call tel. no. (02) 8361-7491 to 98 loc. 844.