There is panic around the world about the new variant of Corona, Omicron. Cases are to be reported in many countries, restrictions have been increased. The World Health Organization (WHO) has made a big statement regarding the new variant.
The WHO said that it is not clear whether the novel form of the coronavirus is more contagious than other forms, including the ‘Omicron’ delta variant, and whether it causes more severe disease. The WHO said that there is no information available to suggest that the symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those of other forms.
She said it would take several days to several weeks to understand the severity level of the Omicron variant WHO appealed to other countries around the world not to ban flights to and from South African countries because of concerns about Omicron.
Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa, called on countries to follow science and international health regulations to avoid using travel restrictions. The WHO said that travel restrictions might reduce the spread of COVID-19 but have a significant impact on people’s lives and livelihoods.
Many countries have banned travellers from South African countries amid reports of infection from Omicron. Amid concerns over the detection and transmissibility of B.1.1529, the World Health Organization said that researchers in South Africa and worldwide are trying to understand many aspects of Omicron better. They are looking forward to the results of this research. They will share them later. The WHO has described Omicron as a ‘worrisome nature.’
The organization said it is not yet clear whether Omicron is more contagious than the delta form. The number of people infected with this form has increased in WHO South Africa. Still, epidemiological studies are underway to understand whether this is due to Omicron or other factors are to blame.
The organization said that preliminary data suggests that hospitalizations of people in South Africa are increasing, but ‘this may be due to an increase in the total number of people infected with all forms rather than infection with Omicron.’ Director-General Dros Adhanom Grebeyes said Omicron reflects the threat of injustice to vaccination.
He said that the longer we delay bringing equality in vaccination, the more we will allow Covid-19 to spread, change form and become more dangerous. He said WHO is working with scientists worldwide to understand better the critical aspects of the Omicron infection and its impact.
Measures to avoid: Studies are being done to know the nature of the infectious Omicron from the delta variant of the corona, which is considered the most dangerous for the world so far. WHO’s chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan has advised people to take special precautions to stay away from this menace of the corona. In an interview given to a channel, it was told that at present, only a mask could keep us safe from this danger of corona. All people should continue to use the measures to prevent Covid.