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Omicron may be milder vs. other variants - WHO

December 09, 2021 - Thursday 5:12 PM by GDM

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has found some evidence that the Omicron coronavirus variant could cause milder symptoms compared to the previous variants.


WHO also believed that the Omicron variant may have more capability in reinfecting people who have already had the virus or have been vaccinated based on the emerging data from South Africa.


This was stated by the organization after dozens of nations are forced to reimplement strict border restrictions and have raised the possibility of the return of lockdowns that could once again hurt the economy. 


However, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that more data were still needed before drawing firm conclusions.


To monitor how the Omicron is behaving, the WHO chief encouraged countries to boost their surveillance on the heavily mutated virus.


Tedros warned against complacency, as nowadays, being less vigilant can now cost lives.


WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan agreed and indicated that even if the data showed that the Omicron variant is more efficient in transmission compared to the Delta variant, it doesn't mean that it would be unstoppable.


He said that the public needs to double efforts in breaking the chains of transmission to protect themselves and others.