The world is on high alert with Omicron’s COVID variant

The world is on high alert with Omicron’s COVID variant

More research is needed to decide whether the variant is more contagious, whether it causes more severe diseases, and whether it could evade vaccines. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that early evidence suggests this new variant could pose an increased risk of reinfection and some of the mutations detected on the variant were concerning, CNN reported. “Right now there are many studies that are underway … so far there’s little information but those studies are underway so we need researchers to have the time to carry those out and WHO will inform the public and our partners and our member states as soon as we have more information,” Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for Covid-19, said.

UK’s Secretary of State for Health, Sajid Javid, said the two cases detected in the UK were linked to travel to southern Africa. “These individuals are self-isolating with their households while further testing and contact tracing is underway,” he stated. “I would not be surprised if it is [in the US], we have not detected it yet, but when you have a virus that is showing this degree of transmissibility and you’re having travel-related cases they’ve noted in other places already when you have a virus like this, it almost invariably is going to go all over,” Fauci told NBC on Saturday.

Italy has detected its first case of Omicron from a passenger who traveled to Italy from Mozambique. Two cases were confirmed in the United Kingdom and two others in Germany. More than a dozen are suspected in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. Dr. Anthony Fauci said the new variant could already be in the United States but was yet to be detected.

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