Omicron Covid-19 variant and children : What parents should know?
Posted By Suborna Fermi
Posted on Jan 04, 2022
Omicron is the new face of Covid-19 which has already started to terrorize the entire planet. As a matter of fact, this new variant of Covid-19 which has already started to spread all over the world including the United States and India. The greater percentage of the symptoms are almost the same and this is the reason why it may get hard sometimes to determine that it is a mild covid infection or actually the omicron variant.
It has always been a known fact since the beginning that children and old aged people are more likely to get affected by this virus. This is the reason why most of the parents are generally recommended to take care of their children during the hours of the pandemic.
Omicron and Children : Where does the risk lie?
As a matter of fact, children below 2 years are accounting for approximately 10 percent of the overall hospitalization rate in South Africa. This is one of the clear pieces of evidence that omicron variants can affect children hard enough to get hospitalized. On the other hand, the immune system of children are generally not as strong as the adults and this is the major reason why it may be a bit difficult for them to overcome the critical physical illness.
How to keep your children away?
First of all, consider not leaving for a holiday with your children before the dark hour gets over. Each and every parent must keep their kids well protected and away from crowds. Apart from that, tell your children to use masks every time they step outside of the home and also to use sanitizers because children touch random objects and surfaces more than us. Apart from that, try not to let them step outside if there are needs for offline classes or anything as important as that.
Omicron is one of the most highly transmissible variants of Covid-19 and this is the reason why this is hugely important for all of us to stay very careful. Although the vaccines are meant to give protection against critical illness, fever, cough etc, still there remains the chances of breakthrough infections. It goes without saying that precaution is always better than cure, this is the reason why taking precautionary measures will be a life saving idea for both your children and your loved ones.