Director of Tata Institute of Genetics and Society (TIGS) Dr. Rakesh Mishra called for increasing genome sequencing, despite the “severity of the disease being extremely low”.
Dr. Mishra said, “Omicron and its sub-lineages can re-infect any vaccinated person and/or the ones who have had a natural infection and so on. The severity of the disease is extremely low and most people are going to be asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms. But if people fall sick, that should be taken very seriously. It may be problematic because maybe, a new variant is coming.”
Dr Mishra also said that the chances of a fourth wave are less, but we should take precautions. “People have started taking more liberty and more interactions, no masks, and so on. This gives a chance to the virus,” he said.