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Who does the new strain of COVID affect the most?

by Julio Santos December 30, 2021

When a new strain of COVID-19 comes into the limelight, many questions surround it, especially regarding contagiousness, symptoms, and which groups it impacts. In addition, because the Coronavirus new strain, Omicron, settles in the nasal passages rather than the lungs, it’s easier to transmit, resulting in more cases.

Of course, knowing if you have been exposed and could potentially spread the virus is the first step, and getting a rapid test kit from MyZone is the quickest way to get tested. If more people are getting this variant, you may wonder who Omicron affects the most and if you’re in one of those groups. Here’s what you need to know to be informed and protect yourself from the COVID new strain.

This COVID new strain may be less severe in South Africa

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Omicron was first noted in South Africa, where cases were less severe among the people. Although this Coronavirus new strain spreads more quickly, its impact has caused fewer hospitalizations and speedier recovery times among South Africans. However, this is the case in South Africa and may not reign true globally. 

Omicron is easier on those with immunity 

Immunity can come in one of two ways: vaccinations and recovery from COVID-19. South Africa didn’t feel the effects of Omicron as much because folks have built up a tolerance to the Alpha (original) and Delta strains of the virus. As new variants come on the scene, the impact lessens as immunity builds throughout communities. Thankfully, the onslaught has been less severe in South Africa. There is data on cases, hospitalizations, and vaccinations. However, not much research has been conducted on those previously exposed to COVID.

Although only ¼ of South Africans are vaccinated, many have had COVID or been exposed — very little of their population hasn’t been exposed to the virus at all. That, coupled with the fact that a second infection is usually milder, means that the damage Omicron is inflicting in South Africa has less impact than prior variants. In addition, subsequent conditions are less severe. This coupled with immunity makes this Coronavirus new strain at least appear to be less harmful.

This new COVID variant may not act the same in Canada

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The numbers look different within the borders of Canada because Canadians have more vaccinations than South Africans. Over 80 % of Canadians have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Others have natural immunity, although that is hard to determine since many folks may have been asymptomatic. Due to the rapid spread of Omicron, Canada may see the same results as South Africa, but only time will tell.

So, who is at risk for this Coronavirus new strain? 

As with other strains of COVID, those chronically ill or immunocompromised are at a higher risk of contracting the virus. Those with weaker immune systems, such as the elderly and infants, may also have a higher infection rate. However, they or their caretakers can take precautions to ensure safety and reduce exposure to COVID-19. Additionally, unvaccinated people who haven’t experienced natural immunity are also at risk.

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With this COVID new strain spreading rapidly and easily, it’s best to stay safe and test yourself periodically at home. Using MyZone Test Kits frequently can alert you to whether or not you’ve been infected with Omicron so that you can take the necessary steps to ensure your safety and the health of those you come in contact with.

You can acquire the MyZone Test Kits from anywhere in Canada and get them delivered to your home the same day. Stay safe and prevent this new strain of COVID from spreading even more.

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