Somaya Swaminathan, Senior Scientist at the World Health Organization, urges the world to be prepared and vigilant, but don’t panic.
– How should we worry? She said in an interview with Reuters.
She hopes the Omicron variant of the coronavirus will be milder than other types, but she stresses that nothing is safe.
– We have to wait, hopefully it will be milder. Swaminathan says it is too early to draw firm conclusions about the alternative.
There are no registered deaths
More and more countries are registering an omicron infection, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has not yet received any reports that the mutated coronavirus has cost his life.
“I have not seen any reports of deaths related to Ommicron,” said WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier at a press conference in Geneva on Friday.
He assures that the organization is busy collecting documents and that more will follow in due course.
– The more countries continue to search specifically for the omikron variant, the more cases we will find, says Lindmeier.
He doesn’t rule out killing either, but he doesn’t hope so.
Delta variable dominates
While the mutated Omicron variant has led many countries to impose new restrictions on infection control, people are urged not to forget the Delta variant, which is responsible for 99 percent of all reported infections in the past 60 days.
Omikron can grow and we can get to the point where it takes over the dominant alternative, but right now, Delta is still the dominant alternative, says Lindmeier.
He points out that many of the current restrictions were introduced a few weeks ago and were the result of several Delta cases.
Hence, first and foremost, people need to do what they can to protect themselves from the delta variable and then the ommicron, he says.
The effect of a vaccine is uncertain
Coronary artery vaccinations have been shown to be effective against the Delta variant, although it is uncertain whether they will also protect against the Ommicron variant. Experts believe and hope that vaccines against the Ommicron variant will at least protect against serious diseases.
According to the World Health Organization, it takes several weeks to get a clear picture of how contagious the Omicron variant is and how serious the disease is. This also applies to the effects of various vaccines and drugs on the virus.
Initial evidence suggests it is more contagious. But that’s all we know so far, says Christian Lindmeier.