WHO: it is too early to draw conclusions about the course of COVID-19 in those infected with the omicron-strain of coronavirus
Expert of the World Health Organization (WHO) Maria van Kerkhove assessed the course of COVID-19 in those infected with the omicron-strain of coronavirus on the air of the CBS TV channel, TASS reports.
According to her, initial data indicate that those infected with the new strain are carrying COVID-19 in a milder form , however, it is too early to draw final conclusions on this score.
The specialist explained that this is due to the fact that the process of going through the entire cycle – from infection to complete recovery – takes time. “It may take several weeks before we really understand how many of these people will develop a serious illness,” she noted.
According to the expert, even if it is a mild illness, it is necessary to act quickly to take steps to control the spread of the omicron strain. “More cases can mean more hospitalizations. More hospitalizations could mean more deaths, “she said.
A new omicron coronavirus strain has been identified in 20 countries around the world. In total, 226 cases of infection with a new type of COVID-19 have been registered in the world. The first confirmed cases of infection were recorded on November 24. The strain was named with the Greek letter “omicron” and have already managed to recognize its danger at the WHO level.