Keeping safe amid Omicron

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FILIPINOS all over welcomed the new year with fervent hope that it will be somewhat different from 2020 and 2021, years ravaged by the effects of COVID-19 and its dreaded variants.

Then came the new and apparently highly transmissible variant called Omicron as 2022 started, resulting to another surge that was blinding fast and furious. Since its first detection on November 09, 2021, it has quickly spread to 106 countries and regions as of December 21, 2021, or about a little less than six weeks

New year, new variant as we start 2022.

As the country faces another variant of concern, it is important to know what Omicron is, how it starts and what are the symptoms of this new COVID-19 variant?

The multiple variations of Omicron may lead to more aggressive resistance to current vaccines. Triple mutations in the strain suggest stronger immune capacity.

On December 12, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the Omicron strain is more contagious compared to the Delta strain, as suggested by early data obtained from relevant studies, and that it could undermine the potency of vaccines but cause less severe symptoms.

On December 15, 2021, a report issued by the WHO revealed that the Omicron strain has the potential to reduce the effectiveness of vaccines and puts exposed individuals at a higher risk of contracting this strain.

On December 31, 2021, the Department of Health (DOH) detected 10 more Omicron cases, three of which are local cases. According to the DOH, there is already a “high possibility” of local transmission of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in the Philippines. Following the detection of the three local Omicron cases, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced on Friday, December 31, 2021, that Metro Manila will be placed under Alert 3 from January 3 to 15, 2022, thus cutting short Alert Level 2 in the region.

Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, a Filipino priest/microbiologist, says that a rapid increase in cases is to be expected. However, he is optimistic that Omicron might actually be a blessing and may signal the end of the pandemic. “We have to realize that Omicron is the beginning of the end of the pandemic because Omicron is going to provide the kind of population immunity that should stabilize our societies and should allow us to reopen,” he said speaking during a GoNegosyo Townhall. He followed saying the surge caused by Omicron will be mild cases with lesser hospitalizations and fatalities. “It’s milder, but if you’re unvaccinated, it’s still harder for you,” he added.

Getting infected by Omicron comes with its own symptoms and to achieve immunity from this strain once infected, recovery is still the goal

To date, the known symptoms of Omicron are as follows:

  • Sore Muscles
  • Fever
  • Dry Cough/Sore Throat
  • Extreme Tiredness

The DOH reported 17,220 additional infections bringing total active cases to 56,561. They have reported 43 known cases of the variant.

There are many treatments that were not given much stress throughout the pandemic. Physiological, emotional, and psychological rehabilitation treatments also play a big part in battling this virus. In China, there are three Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) to treat COVID-19 and the country is very lucky to have one of these three TCMs registered and widely distributed in the Philippines – Lianhua Qingwen Capsule.

Of course, getting vaccinated is imperative and recommended for protection against the virus, as is getting a booster shot for more protection.

Following the preventive measures of social distancing, wearing of face mask, frequent hand washing, use of sanitizer alcohol, and keeping healthy by exercising, getting sunshine, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep, early treatment is important. Do not wait until symptoms become worse before taking Lianhua Qingwen. Take it at the onset of symptoms to recover quickly. Remember the importance of the Philippine government’s PDITR +V strategy, which is Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, Reintegrate, and Vaccinate, which is sure to cut off transmission chains. Of course, with the cooperation of all the Filipinos, everyone can do their share to help control and manage the surge of COVID-19.

Hopefully, all this information will be of good use to the community, companies and organizations, and on a macro scale for local and national governments as the country goes through a “serious surge” of the Omicron variant. This is a war between an elusive virus and man. If everyone works together, there will surely be success in this war against COVID-19. 

Just bear in mind that keeping healthy and safe, and of course vaccination, are the best tools to fight off any Omicron or COVID-19 threat. Add to the arsenal Lianhua Qingwen and that’s a pretty much tough defensive fortification that no virus can ever break.

Though at the moment Lianhua Qingwen is currently classified as a prescription drug (Rx)—requiring a doctor’s prescription–it’s still a very viable option against COVID-19’s early symptoms as long as its taken at the onset.

Prescription-holding consumers may purchase it in all Mercury Drug Stores, Southstar Drug, Watsons, Rose Pharmacy, and TGP nationwide and other pharmacies at a suggested retail price of P288/box (24 capsules/box).

Visit www.philarchipelago.com to know more about Lianhua Qingwen or call tel. no. (02) 8361-7491 to 98 loc. 844.

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