What does the new COVID-19 variant mean?

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in 2020 has brought the world to a standstill. To make matters worse, a new, more contagious variant of the virus has been identified in the United Kingdom and is already spreading to other countries. This new variant, referred to as VUI 202012/01 or B.1.1.7, has been linked with a faster rate of spread and heightened transmissibility.

So, what does this new variant mean for the global fight against the pandemic?

First, the new variant is estimated to be over 70% more contagious than the original strain of the virus, causing it to spread much more quickly and leading to a much greater number of infected individuals. This is adding to the already high levels of infection and could mean an even more widespread and devastating outbreak.

Second, the variant could cause a disruption in the effectiveness of current treatments and vaccines. Evidence suggests that the new strain of the virus has significantly more mutations, which could make existing antibodies less effective at recognizing and neutralizing the virus. This could mean that any treatments which have so far been effective against the original strain may not work as well against the variant.

Finally, the new variant could mean the development of new and more effective tests for the virus. While this might initially sound counter-intuitive, the increased mutation rate of the new variant may make it easier to spot, meaning that new diagnostic tests could be developed which are better at detecting it. This could also open the door to the development of more targeted treatments and vaccines.

In conclusion, the emergence of the new COVID-19 variant is cause for serious concern. It has the potential to cause a surge in infections and can disrupt the effectiveness of current treatments and vaccines. However, the increased mutation rate could provide opportunities to develop better tests and treatments that are better suited to fighting the new strain. Containing the new variant is essential, and all countries should increase their efforts in fighting the pandemic.

There’s been a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Australia in the last few weeks.

Experts believe this is because of a new Omicron variant that’s highly contagious.

We take a look at what this means for you and how you can protect yourself and your family.

What is the new COVID-19 variant?

The new variant is called the Omicron variant XBB.

While the recent rise in COVID-19 cases may be traced to this variant, the Department of Health and Aged Care is keen to stress that it doesn’t pose a greater risk of serious illness or death.

They also say that vaccination can provide protection against getting seriously unwell or dying from COVID-19.

What does this mean?

This Omicron XBB variant is spreading in the community and signals a new wave of COVID-19 in Australia.

This is because new variants can often still infect people who have already had COVID-19 or who are vaccinated (though it’s important to understand that vaccination is recommended and can stop you from getting seriously ill).

This has always been expected and is part and parcel of getting used to living with COVID-19.

What can I do to help reduce the spread of infection?

We can all play a part in stopping COVID-19 variants from spreading further. Here’s how:

1. Get vaccinated

While there is no specific vaccine for the new COVID-19 variant, the regular vaccine is the best way to protect against severe illness or death from any variant of COVID-19.

Vaccination is also believed to protect against the symptoms of long COVID.

That’s why it’s so important to keep up with your vaccinations. Make sure you have your third or fourth dose if they are due and do it sooner rather than later as we are likely to experience another wave of the disease.

You can find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations here.

2. Wear face masks

It’s good to have a supply of face masks available for when you need them.

Wear one if you are in a public place indoors or a crowded environment outdoors. Doing so will help protect you from infection and reduce the risk of you infecting other people.

Make sure that you wash your reusable face mask after every wear and change your mask regularly.

3. Wash your hands regularly

It’s really important to keep your hands clean to avoid catching or passing on any type of infection.

Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds each time.

You can also use hand sanitiser in between hand-washing.

4. Stay at home if you’re unwell

Stay at home if you have symptoms of COVID-19, which include:

  • High temperature
  • New continuous cough
  • A change to or loss of your sense of smell or taste
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose

You can also take a test at home. If you’re positive, stay at home until your symptoms have gone.

Make sure you take care to avoid people who are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19. This includes people who have:

  • A long-term condition like chronic kidney disease or sickle cell disease
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Severe or multiple learning disabilities
  • A condition that affects the immune system
  • Certain types of cancer, such as leukaemia

How can I treat COVID-19 at home?

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, you should:

  • Rest at home
  • Take paracetamol or ibuprofen for pain or fever
  • Use cooling products for fever
  • Drink plenty of fluids

If you are concerned about any of your symptoms, contact a doctor for help and advice.

Staying safe from infection

New variants are part of living with COVID-19 and new waves of infection long-term.

But there are plenty of steps you can take to stay safe from the new Omicron variant and other types of infection.

And it’s good to know that FeverMates is here to help you do this. Our collection of wellbeing products is designed to help you take charge of your health and stay safe.

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