The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a new warning regarding the new variant of the Corona, Omicron. The WHO has said that if this variant is neglected, it could prove fatal. Since the first case was found in South Africa on November 24, the variant has spread to 59 countries, including India.
Understand what the WHO has warned about Omicron? What about its effect on the vaccine? And why is it appealing to the whole world to be cautious about this new variant?
What warning has the WHO issued regarding Omicron?
The WHO said in its Weekly Epidemiological Report that Omicron has reached more than 55 countries around the world and is expected to spread rapidly to other countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says the rise in Omicron cases is expected to increase the rate of hospitalization of its patients worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the rapid spread of Omicro will increase the rate of hospitalization worldwide, even if the initial figures show a lower risk of death.
After appearing in South Africa on November 24, WHO declared Omicron a Variant of Concern (VoC) on November 26 and asked the whole world to be alert to this new variant.
“Omicron may take a long time to heal”
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the world that any negligence on the part of this variant could lead to death.
- People who do not die from this variant may also have to face Kovid for a long time or face problems after Kovid.
- Infections of the Omicron variant, even after surviving Kovid, cause a disease that has mild symptoms but has the potential to weaken a person, and the study is still in its infancy.
Omicron can lower natural immunity
- Preliminary data from South Africa suggests that the risk of re-infection with Omicron is high, although a full report is yet to come.
- A study of Omicron’s cases so far reveals that those who fall ill with it have fewer severe symptoms than those of Delta, although this is also difficult to say with certainty and will still take a few weeks to come to grips with the whole study.
- Regarding the risk of re-infection, the WHO said, “Early estimates suggest that mutations present in the omicron may reduce antibody activity, which in turn may reduce the risk of natural immunity.”
What did the WHO say about the effect of the vaccine on Omicron?
Omicron’s spike protein has undergone more than 30 mutations. The existing vaccine is expected to be ineffective. Regarding the effect of the vaccine on Omicron, the WHO said that further data analysis was needed to determine whether mutations in the Omicron variant could reduce vaccine immunity.
At the same time, the organization says there is a need to assess the effects of existing vaccines against Omicron. This will determine if additional vaccine doses will be needed to fight Omicron.
Is Omicron spreading so fast in African countries?
The number of Omicron cases is growing rapidly in South Africa. The number of daily new infections in South Africa has increased over the past three weeks, with an average of more than 15,000 daily cases in the first week of December. This is about 73% more than last week.
At the same time, the risk of Omicron in children in South Africa has increased. There has been an increase in the rate of hospitalization of children under 5 years of age since Omicron was exposed.
According to the WHO, Omicron cases are on the rise not only in South Africa but also in African countries like Iswatini, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Lesotho.
What is the advice given by WHO to avoid Omicron?
- To reduce the risk of Omicron, the WHO has asked not only governments but also people around the world to take precautions.
- Governments around the world have been asked to speed up the vaccination process in high-risk populations.
- Public health measures should be strictly enforced, including the use of social distants, masks and sanitizers, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of Omicron.
- All governments should increase surveillance, testing and sequencing and share samples with the international community.
- Stay away from all crowded places, wear a mask, wash your hands with soap and if possible visit only people in ventilated places or even stay at home in a place where ventilation is good.
- Also, people need to be vaccinated as soon as possible.
The WHO says new data linked to Omicron is emerging every day but scientists need a few more weeks to complete the study and make the analysis.