January 26, 2022

the Omicron variant “remains a dangerous virus”, warns WHO

“More transmissions, that means more hospitalizations, more deaths”, warns the director general of the World Health Organization.

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Stay vigilant against Omicron. This variant, which is spreading at an unprecedented rate since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, “remains a dangerous virus” , “especially for those who are not vaccinated”, warned the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a press conference on Wednesday January 12.

Its symptoms, less severe than those caused by Delta, in particular for people who have been fully vaccinated and who have had a booster dose, make some people now see it as a mild illness. But, warns Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “more transmissions means more hospitalizations, more deaths, more people who cannot work, including teachers and health workers, and more risk that another variant emerges which will be even more transmissible and more lethal than Omicron “.

“It’s not a mild illness, it’s a disease that can be prevented with vaccines.”

Michael Ryan, WHO Emergency Manager

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“Now is not the time to give up, this is not the time to let your guard down, this is not the time to say that it is a virus that is welcome, no virus is the welcome”, threw Michael Ryan, the head of emergency situations at the UN agency.