WHO shows concern about the impact of Ómicron in the world | News

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The World Health Organization (WHO) in its weekly epidemiological report specified that the Omicron variant of the virus that causes Covid-19 is already present in 71.9 percent of the cases analyzed in the last month and was concerned about the impact of infections on the world’s health systems.

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“Ómicron continues to take the world by storm. Last week, more than 18 million cases were reported. The number of deaths remains stable at the moment, but we are concerned about the impact that Ómicron is having on already exhausted and overloaded health systems,” said the head of the agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

In this regard, he said that, although the variant seems less serious on average, the narrative that it is a mild disease is misleading and harms the overall response and harms more lives, since it can cause death and mutate into future viruses. “Make no mistake, Omicron is causing hospitalizations and deaths, and even less severe cases are flooding health facilities,” he added.

The director general of the WHO explained that in some countries it seems to have reached the maximum contagion peak of this new wave, so it is expected that it has ended, but “no country is out of danger yet”.

“I remain particularly concerned about many countries that have low vaccination rates, as people are at much higher risk of becoming seriously ill and dying if they are not vaccinated,” he noted.

According to the global network of laboratories of the Global Influenza Data Exchange Initiative (Gisaid), of some 405,000 specimens collected, 291,000 cases corresponded to the variant detected in South Africa in early November of the year last.

In contrast, the delta variant, which put health systems in check throughout 2021, was only present in 28 percent of the analyzes in the last 30 days.

The global health entity designated the gamma and alpha variants as concerning at the time and today they represent less than 0.1 percent of the samples taken.

“For many countries, the next few weeks remain really critical for healthcare personnel and health systems. I urge everyone to do everything possible to reduce the risk of infection so that they can help take pressure off the system, ”said Tedros.

He also called for reducing the impact of the current wave by sharing health tools effectively and implementing social and public health measures that we know work.

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