Omicron could be milder than Delta: WHO

  • Page Views 351
  • Early data indicates the omicron coronavirus variant may more easily reinfect people who have already had the virus or been vaccinated than previous variants, but could also cause milder disease, the WHO said Thursday.
    “Emerging data from South Africa suggests increased risk of reinfection with omicron,” World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters, adding that “there is also some evidence that omicron causes milder disease than Delta”.

    But he stressed that more data was needed before drawing firm conclusions, and urged countries everywhere to boost their surveillance to help provide a clearer picture of how omicron is behaving.

    The hopeful assessments came as global concern grew over the heavily mutated variant, which has forced dozens of nations to re-impose border restrictions and raised the possibility of a return to economically punishing lockdowns.

    Even if the new variant turns out to be less dangerous than previous variants, if it transmits more rapidly, it could still sicken more people, overburden health systems, “and more people die,” he said.

    The WHO experts stressed the importance of vaccination, highlighting that even if vaccines prove less effective against omicron, as some data indicates, they are still expected to provide significant protection against severe disease. (abs-cbn)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 23 June 2022
      5 days ago No comment

      RP BLU GIRLS COMPETE IN THE 2022 CANADA CUP

      THE CANADA CUP IS BACK FROM HIATUS Finally, the Canada Cup will be live again from June 16-27, 2022 in Softball City, Surrey BC. There will be the usual national teams like Team Canada, Team USA, Team Mexico and Team Australia plus the elite local and international softball clubs. ...

    • 16 June 2022
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Mabuhay House Society celebrates 124th Independence Day

      Newly formed organization Mabuhay House Society (MHS) celebrated the 124th Philippine Independence Day with a parade and program at the Helena Gutteridge Plaza in the Vancouver City Hall. MLA Mable Elmore spearheaded the celebrations, and community members and politicians celebrated with the Filipino community. Entitled “Bayanihan: Building Our Future” ...

    • 09 June 2022
      3 weeks ago No comment

      Ramon Bandong runs for city council with Surrey Forward

      Finance professional and Filipino community member Ramon Bandong wants to become city councillor of Surrey. Bandong is running for a seat in Surrey city council in the 2022 fall election under the Surrey Forward party. Surrey Forward launched its campaign June 8, with B.C. NDP MLA Jinny Sims as ...

    %d bloggers like this: