India now has the BF.7 Omicron variant. Will masking, home isolation, and WFH make a comeback
China is just seeing yet another wave of Covid-19. Omicron sub-variant BF.7 is thought to be the cause of the recent rise in Covid-19 infections in China. Four cases of the BF.7 strain have been found. So far, there have been 7 variants found in India. Two cases have been found in Gujarat, and two more have been found in Odisha. This sub-variant has already been found in Germany, Belgium, France, Denmark, the US, and the UK, among other places.
Indian officials got ready and told the states to do more tests, sequence their genetic code, and follow Covid protocols to find out if there was an unusual rise in infections or to find new strains of the virus early. Even in public places, people in Chandigarh have to wear masks.
However, questions about whether the country would do another lockdown, require masks, and have a work-from-home system if there was a rise have come up again.
Social isolation and wearing masksIn terms of social distance, the government has told people not to panic, but it is smart to keep a safe distance in public places and closed areas like wedding halls, stores, and malls. Work from HomeIf there are more Covid cases in the near future, companies could go back to letting people work from home.
LockdownsAs the government says that the situation with Covid is under control so far and there’s no need to panic, there’s not much chance that lockdowns and curfews will happen again. The federal government and the states have already started taking precautions to stop any possible outbreak.
Vaccination: One-stop solutionThe government says that most Indians have already had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, which has helped Indians build up a hybrid immunity.But the response to booster doses has been low because only 27–28% of people have gotten their Covid-19 booster shots.
1-How bad is the latest version of Omicron?The original SARS-CoV-2 virus and the Delta variant are easier to spread than the Omicron variant.
2- Is the epidemic over?Officials in charge of public health all agree that the end of the pandemic is close but not yet here.