Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, technical officer in charge of combating Covid-19 at the World Health Organization, confirmed that there is evidence indicating The omicron variable propagates rapidly and outperforms the delta variable In some countries.
In televised statements, which were broadcast through the official accounts of the World Health Organization, Dr. Van Kerkhove added that this information is preliminary and that there is still a need to answer more questions so far, stressing that what the World Health Organization has monitored is that Variable omicron grows rapidly in countries.
Comparison between Omicron and Delta
Dr. Van Kerkhove indicated that there are some ongoing studies that are making comparisons between the Omicron and Delta variables, explaining that although the final results have not been obtained until this moment, some studies in Britain have studied the extent of the susceptibility and speed of transmission of infection from a person to the rest of his family members in contact. It was found that the rates of infection spread and transmission from the infected to the contacts of family members are higher compared to the infection with the delta variable.
Less severe but dangerous
Dr. Van Kerkhove noted that there are a lot of initial reports, which indicate that cases of people with Omicron tend to be milder, that is, less severe disease, but this does not mean that the Omicron variant is not dangerous nor does it mean that it is “less severe”, explaining That with the increase in the possibility of infection spread, there will be more cases, which will result in an increase in the number of people who will need to receive hospital treatment, and thus means more deaths.
‘Whether they are vaccinated or not’
Dr. Van Kerkhove stressed that efforts must be made about this from now and we cannot wait for it to escalate and reach the stage of increasing cases that need care and hospital treatment, and what has already happened in many countries.
“Therefore, there is still a lot that we need to do to reduce transmission between everyone, whether vaccinated or not, around the world,” she added.
She concluded her remarks with a general appeal, saying: “It must be remembered that the delta variant is still prevalent around the world, and therefore whatever variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is circulating in the place where anyone lives, please be careful and take steps to reduce Chances of infection and reduce the chance of spread [أي متغير من متغيرات فيروس كورونا]”.