Omicron is not more deadly than other variants: WHO


Omicron is not worse than other versions of the virus, according to WHO and top US scientists. 

Omicron looks worse than other coronavirus strains. But scientists say more research is needed to judge the seriousness of the Omicron variant.

Omicron’s fears have forced many nations to re-impose border sanctions and increase the likelihood of a financially penalized lockout. “Preliminary figures do not indicate that this is very serious. In fact, if anything, the direction is less serious, “said Michael Ryan, the WHO’s emergency director. However, more research is needed, he said. “We have highly effective vaccines that have proven effective against all variants so far,” he said.

Top US scientist Anthony Fawcett echoed the WHO‘s view that the Omicron did not look worse than the previous strain and was probably lighter, depending on the initial signs. “Clearly, the new version is more transmissible than the Omicron Delta variant, and is currently the subject of major global tensions,” Fauci told AFP. “It’s almost certainly not more serious than Delta,” he said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says vaccines against covid are able to protect those infected with the new variant Omicron from a serious illness.

“We have highly effective vaccines that are effective against all variants so far in terms of serious illness and hospitalization. There is no reason to expect this to happen against Omicron, “Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s emergency program, told AFP.

“According to preliminary data, Omicron does not make people sicker than the Delta variant or other strains,” he said. “If anything else, the vaccine is sure to make it less serious,” he added. More data on the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine against the Omicron variant is expected in the coming days. No significant data has been obtained on how the new variants Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and other vaccines can work.

Omicron is the most mutated variant of the covid type found so far. This variant was initially confirmed in South Africa. Currently, the number of people infected with Kovid is increasing. According to Johns Hopkins University, the Corona epidemic, which began in December 2019 in Uhan, Hubei Province, China, has so far claimed more than five million lives worldwide.