December 21, 2021.- That’s right, the WHO gives strong warning for Omicron before Christmas. The director of the World Health Organization was sympathetic to the obvious tiredness of citizens, but was clear in saying that the fastest way to return to normality is to make difficult decisions.
“It is better to cancel or delay Christmas events than to ‘cancel a life.’
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus added: “It is better to cancel now and celebrate later, than to celebrate now and mourn later”, this after the WHO will sound the alarms of a more rapid spread of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 .
WHO gives strong warning for Omicron ahead of Christmas
The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has urged caution about the Christmas holidays, especially due to the increase in COVID-19 infections worldwide due to the Omicron variant.
“There is no doubt that the increased social mix during the holiday period in many countries will cause an increase in cases, saturation of health systems and more deaths,” Tedros has predicted.
For her part, the epidemiologist who leads the WHO response to the coronavirus, María Van Kerkhove, set the example and announced on Twitter that her family “has made the difficult decision to postpone their Christmas trip to the United States,” her country of origin. .
Omicron variant will infect those vaccinated and cured of COVID-19
Tedros stressed during the Geneva conference that the omicron variant “is spreading significantly faster than the delta variant”, as well as that it is “more likely that people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 can become infected or get reinfected ”.
Thus, the WHO gives strong warning for Ómicron before Christmas while the WHO chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, said that it is “unwise” to conclude from the first studies that omicron is a milder variant than the previous ones.
“With the increase in the numbers of infections, all health systems are going to be under pressure and they are already under pressure in many, including in Europe”, Swaminathan.
The problem is that the new variant is managing to evade some immune responses, which means that booster vaccination programs being implemented in many countries should target people with weaker immune systems.
Of course, he emphasized: “We do not expect any of the available vaccines to cease to be effective completely.”
In this sense, the WHO gives a strong warning by Ómicron before Christmas and Tedros emphasizes the importance of the pandemic ending in 2022, for which it must “end inequality, ensuring that 70 percent of the population of each country is vaccinated in the middle of next year ”.
Source: American Post
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