WHO warns Omicron’s danger
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning against referring to the Omicron form as “mild,” claiming that it is killing people all across the world.
According to recent research, Omicron is less likely than prior Covid versions to cause significant illness.
However, according to WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the unprecedented number of persons infected has put health systems under significant strain.
In just 24 hours, the United States registered almost one million Covid cases.
According to the WHO, the UN’s health organization, global infections have surged by 71% in the last week, while cases in the Americas have increased by 100%. According to the report, 90 percent of serious cases worldwide were unvaccinated.
Also Read: Pakistan detects first Omicron case
Covid variant global surge
“While Omicron does appear to be less severe compared to Delta, especially in those vaccinated, it does not mean it should be categorized as mild,” Dr. Tedros told a press conference on Thursday. “Just like previous variants, Omicron is hospitalizing people and it is killing people.
“In fact, the tsunami of cases is so huge and quick, that it is overwhelming health systems around the world.”
Is Omicron highly contagious?
Omicron is very contagious, and even fully vaccinated people can become infected. Vaccines, on the other hand, are still important since they help guard against serious diseases that could land you in the hospital.
The UK reported 179,756 cases and 231 Covid-related deaths on Thursday. Due to staff absence and mounting pressures as a result of Covid, a number of hospitals have declared “serious” situations.
Hospital admissions are also on the rise in other parts of the country. This week, France’s health minister, Olivier Veran, warned that January will be a difficult month for hospitals.
He went on to say that Omicron patients were using “traditional” hospital beds, while Delta was putting pressure on ICU departments. On Thursday, France recorded 261,000 cases.
Have something to add to the story? Comment down below!