The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on the countries of the world to act quickly, as the coming days and weeks will determine the development of the Omicron variant.
“If countries wait for their hospitals to start filling up, it will be too late. Do not wait. Act now ”, said the general director of the organization, Tedros Adhanom.
This message has also been adopted by Dr. Mary Van Kerkhove, epidemiologicand OMS, and stressed that no reaction should be made in January or February and praised “the use of public health tools of proven efficacy to reduce transmission.” “The situation continues to be very diverse around the world and (the variant) delta continues to be dominant globally,” he stressed.
So far, the director general of the WHO has revealed that a total of 57 countries have notified the presence of Ómicron and has warned that this number will grow because its global spread and the large number of mutations suggest that it could have a great impact on the course of the pandemic, although its extent is still unknown.
“We ask all countries to increase surveillance, testing and sequencing. Existing diagnostic tests work, both PCR and rapid antigen-based tests. Recent data from South Africa suggest an increased risk of reinfection with omicron, but more data is needed to draw stronger conclusions, ”he said.
For his part, the doctor Michael Ryan, Responsible for the emergency response of the Organization, has influenced the issue of the transmissibility of the virus and indicated that its transmissible status does not make it “more virulent or lethal.”
“If we allow viruses to spread uncontrollably, they will generate more. We already saw it with delta and with other variants. If they are allowed to spread uncontrollably, even though they are not individually more virulent or lethal, they simply generate more cases. They put pressure on the health system and more people die. That is what we can avoid ”, he warned.