People around the world are certainly concerned about the newly arrived variant Omicron of covid-19.
It has several mutations that may have an impact on how it behaves. Well, there are lots of research works underway to evaluate its severity & transmissibility over children.
It is important to remember that all variants of covid-19 can cause severe diseases or death. Hence preventing the virus from its spread can reduce the disease load.
WHO believes Omicron would outspace the delta variant where there is covid-19 transmission in the community. However, being vaccinated & taking precaution such as avoiding crowded spaces, keeping distance from other and wearing a Mask are critical in helping to prevent the spread and we know these actions have been effective againts other variants as well.
There is no information available to suggest that omicron causes different covid-19 symptomes. However children who are mixing socially and unvaccinated are more susceptible to contracting covid-19
Dr. dharamraj patra
MBBS MD (Pediatrics)