Healthcare workers are at the greatest risk for contracting Omicron because the strain of Covid has become more contagious than ever before and the number of people who get immunized every year has dropped significantly since immunizations became available in 2014. To combat this issue, Healthcare workers across the country are being urged to get an additional dose of immunization every week while they continue working and potentially expose themselves to new infections every day.
What is Omicron
A new variation to the covid virus was released in China. In less than a month, more than 20% of their population had succumbed to Covid. While healthcare professionals knew there would be another variation, they were not prepared for how quickly it spread and its propensity to damage people’s DNA. For anyone who doesn’t know, Covid is a virus that causes damage and mutation to our chromosomes as well as other parts of our DNA including enzymes that control basic functions like temperature regulation, cell repair mechanisms, and even some hormones. The newest variation is considered much worse because it only requires contact with bodily fluids rather than physical contact.
Swelling and redness are considered to be some very significant symptoms. If you happen to notice those two side effects, take care to make sure that you see a doctor immediately. Because your body will be doing all it can to fend off infection, you might feel like there is no energy left over for anything else. For example, people often report feeling extremely tired and worn out with virtually no desire to do anything. This is because your body’s energy reserves are low due to inflammation being a very draining process for your immune system. You may also experience fatigue, dizziness, or vertigo, which may indicate that your omicron variations have progressed further than you had initially realized.
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The first set of measures to be taken is still yet to be determined, but a possible option is that every immunization that must occur at public healthcare facilities can be supervised by members who are under constant observation. For example, when an individual comes into an immunization facility to receive their first dosage of Omicron, they would be asked to step out while a member receives an initial dose. After receiving their dosage, they will then administer it to a volunteer and will only be permitted back into normal procedure once another designated member has been observed taking a dosage. This method should reduce the chances of contamination and allow for any issues regarding omicron variation to arise before being dispersed throughout society.
There are two types of immunizations. The first is a preventive inoculation, which is given to patients with good immune systems to build a stronger response to an antigen they might encounter later on. Examples of preventive inoculations include tetanus booster shots or flu vaccines. The second type is known as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), which aims to boost antibody production or kill off pathogenic invaders that have already entered a patient’s body. As its name suggests, PEP treatments are usually administered after some sort of exposure has occurred, such as a scratch from a suspected rabid animal.
Impact on Healthcare Sector
The third wave has a great impact on our healthcare system, as we are still trying to treat people who haven’t contracted the disease and making preparations for those who will be affected. With just under three weeks until everyone is immunized, we must address some of these issues so people can properly get their treatment and keep healthy. In particular, we have to pay attention to infection control in healthcare facilities, and also discuss whether or not there are any potential cures available for those already infected. A cure would be a huge boost for public health during an outbreak—although it would also introduce more risk because uninfected people would be more likely to interact with infected individuals and increase transmission rates.