Virologist explained the lack of data on a new strain of coronavirus

Virologist Lukashev: figures on the comparison of omicron with the delta strain will appear in 2022

Virologist, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences told when new data will appear on the severity of the disease caused by the omicron strain of coronavirus. This will not happen until the new year, the scientist said on the air of the Russia-24 TV channel.

The scientist suggested that the exact figures on comparing the omicron strain with the “delta” or with the Wuhan strain will most likely appear only in the new year, 2022.

“How much more severe this virus causes the disease, we also do not know and will not know soon, because in Africa there is a large proportion of the young population, there are simply few elderly people who can carry the disease hard, In Europe, where this virus came from the United States, many are vaccinated, and many fall ill with this virus again, the disease is also easier, “the virologist explained the lack of data.

Earlier, the WHO epidemiologist, Professor Santiago Mas Coma pointed out unexplored aspects of the omicron strain. According to him, the concern is the presence of mutations in it, which were recorded in more infectious and pathogenic varieties of the virus. “We still don't know anything about the effects of the omicron strain on the elderly,” he said.