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Does our immune system need to continue to evolve to cope with new variants of Covid-19

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been identified as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization. While it is not clear whether Omicron is more transmissible than other variants such as Delta, preliminary evidence from the WHO suggests that the virus in its new form may have a higher risk of re-infection. This means that people who have already been infected with Covid-19 may be more likely to be re-infected with Omicron. The variant currently raises fears of widespread infection, forcing people to start working on their immunity again.

WHO has advised individuals to use proven public health and social strategies to reduce their risk of COVID-19, such as wearing properly fitted masks, hand hygiene, physical distancing, improving indoor ventilation, avoidance of overcrowded areas and vaccination.

Additionally, people fear the pandemic is far from over until new variants and mutations continue to emerge. Although no symptoms or causes of danger have been reported by this new variant, there is no evidence on how our body will react in the long term. Therefore, they are left with the question: does the body’s immune system need to continue to evolve to cope with the new, potentially dangerous coronavirus variants to survive this pandemic?

Ayushakti co-founder Dr Smita Naram answers this question in an interaction with Hindustan Times. According to her, a plausible solution and a precautionary measure is for people to keep their immune systems restored and be aware of the physical changes. She added: “Our immune system needs to evolve and be more resilient to prevent attacks from new viruses, especially since it is also cold weather in India.”

Additionally, Dr Naram suggested following a basic balanced healthy routine and building a daily diet, regular detox programs like fasting or cleansing through a green diet once a week.

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