The new strain of Coronavirus disease called Omicron has emerged due to the mutation in the genetic structure of the virus. The technical name of Omicron is B.1.1.529 which is frequently used by medical professionals. The new strain of Covid-19 has been named after the Greek letter. It’s the 13th variant of the coronavirus which has got a Greek origin name as per the classification system of World Health Organisation, WHO. The organisation is using Greek letters to name major variants of COVID-19 such as Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Lambda, and Mu.
As the study continues on understanding the effectiveness of current vaccines over Omicron strain, the World Health Organisation has informed the people that vaccines are still effective for major COVID-19 variants including the Delta variant. Over the concern of its high transmission rate, the WHO has said that the scenario is not yet clear on whether the Omicron variant is more contagious than any other variant or not. To stop the outbreak of Omicron strain, it becomes important to emphasize more on the safety measures like wearing masks, using hand sanitisers, maintaing at least 1 metre distance in public place, etc.