Unvaccinated Predisposition Of Diseases Elderly And Omicron Threats

Unvaccinated Predisposition Of Diseases Elderly And Omicron ThreatReports of recent Covid-19 cases, especially the ones infected with the Omicron virus have revealed that the elderly people, especially above 60 years of age, are at a higher risk of getting contaminated with Covid-19 from the Omicron variant. Especially, owing to comorbidity, lower immunity, and proportionately lower vaccination rates, the senior citizens are at higher risk as compared to usual, as compared to other age groups. 

Covid doctors in Kolkata suggest that instead of worrying too much and panicking, it is best that the elderly individuals affected by the Omicron virus strictly follow each and every Covid protocol mentioned anywhere and everywhere, along with getting vaccinated as soon as possible. 

Omicron threats to the Elderly

Since most elderly individuals are affected with comorbid conditions like diabetes, hurt and lung problems, hypertension, and more which negatively impacts their immunity, exposing them to higher risks of infection and severity caused by infection. 

The symptoms of Omicron include myalgia (muscle pain), fatigue, fever, sore throat, and cough. For elderly patients who already have diabetes or high/low blood pressure, heart problems, and the like, the severity of the symptoms of Omicron is more with patients above 60 years of age. 

Omicron threats to the Unvaccinated

Public bodies have clearly announced that the existing Covid-19 vaccines are considered effective in reducing the severity of symptoms from the Omicron variant significantly among infected patients who are vaccinated. Covid doctors in Kolkata are hoping that the Covid-vaccinated-Omicron-infected crowd will experience only mild symptoms as compared to the unvaccinated crowd. 

Individuals who have not taken a single shot of the currently available Covid-19 vaccines are exposed to a 100% risk of Omicron Contamination. The existing vaccines will also help control the spread of the new variant which is all the more reason to get vaccinated now. 

A point to note is that the people who are vaccinated and the people with a history of past covid infection and recovery are less prone to the spread of the Omicron variant. But the unvaccinated people are expected to have a 100% Omicron Spread Potential. 

People who have not been infected in the past, and are also not vaccinated are at a higher risk of Omicron spread too.

Omicron threats to other groups of people

People with increasing underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of experiencing severity in Covid-19 infection from Omicron virus. 

Inequities in public health systems and also societal structures have put different and specific groups of people at higher risks of death due to Covid-19 infection. Such groups include people from a few specific racial and ethnic minority groups. People with disabilities also fall under the same category. 

Also, people from minority groups tend to develop chronic diseases/ medical conditions, sometimes even more than in one person. This makes the younger individuals from the minority groups more prone to severity caused by covid-19 infection. 

Similarly, people with disabilities are more likely to have underlying chronic diseases as compared to people without disabilities. That makes people with disabilities more prone to the severity of covid infection. 

People who have congregate living conditions have rarer access to good healthcare which makes them more prone to covid severity as well! 

People with Cancer

People suffering from cancer are likely to suffer severely if they get infected by Covid-19. Different types of treatments that patients suffering from different types of cancer have to undergo can significantly reduce the body’s capability to fight diseases and infections. Even people with a history of cancer are exposed to a higher risk of severity from covid infection. 

People with Chronic Kidney Diseases

People suffering from any type of chronic kidney disease are prone to experiencing severe symptoms from Covid infection. 

People with Chronic Liver Diseases

Any type of liver disease like alcohol-induced liver diseases, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, autoimmune hepatitis, and or cirrhosis, or scarring in the liver exposes you to higher severity from covid infection. 

People with Chronic Lung Diseases

Chronic lung diseases like moderate to severe asthma, Bronchiectasis which is a thickening of the lung’s airways, Bronchopulmonary dysplasia which is a chronic lung disease that affects newborn babies, COPD which stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, scarred lung tissues, interstitial lung disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Cystic fibrosis, Pulmonary embolism, Pulmonary hypertension and more, are at a higher risk of severity from Omicron infection. 

People with Neurological Conditions

People with neurological conditions like Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and others, are also at a higher risk of experiencing severe symptoms from the covid infection. 

People suffering from Diabetes

Any type of diabetes exposes you to a higher risk of experiencing severe symptoms from the covid infection. 
People with Heart Diseases

Heart-related problems and diseases like cardiomyopathies, coronary artery disease, and hypertension can increase your possibilities of getting severely ill from Omicron.