Keeping whānau safe during the Omicron outbreak
Keeping whānau safe is vital during this time, here's what we know and how you can prepare for the effects of the Omicron variant.
Here's some info on the effects of the Omicron variant
What we know about the Omicron variant
it is more infectious, easier to catch than Delta
anyone with Omicron can spread the virus to others, even if they are
vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.
vaccination does help reduce the amount of spread but does not stop it completely.
the symptoms are runny nose, headache, fatigue (mild or severe), sneezing, sore
throat, diarrhoea, vomiting and other tummy upsets.
there is no difference in the symptoms between vaccinated and unvaccinated cases but symptoms appear to be milder and of shorter duration for those who have been vaccinated or have had COVID before.
vaccines still remain effective against symptomatic disease, a booster shot restores the impact of the lessening vaccine effectiveness – it takes protection up to 90%
if you get the virus (Omicron) you are less likely to get severely ill and be admitted to hospital, if you are vaccinated.
BUT some people will get a severe illness and have to go to hospital.
being older, immunocompromised and having long term conditions like asthma COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), other breathing problems, or diabetes can increase your risk of being hospitalised.
there will be more people hospitalised because omicron is easier to catch and there will be more cases.
Be prepared so that you can make the best decisions for yourself and your whānau