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Omicron, a new variant of COVID-19

The pandemic is still on the warpath, now with a new variant that has everyone on alert.

At the verge of Christmas and New Year, British scientists have expressed concern about a new variant of SARS-CoV2, which causes Covid-19, recently detected in South Africa. They are concerned because, due to its multiple mutations, this variant could circumvent the immunity of vaccines.

María Van Kerkhove, head of the WHO’s anticovid technical unit, stated at a press conference that “we do not know much about the variant yet, we know that it has a high number of mutations and the concern is that this affects the behavior of the virus.

As a result, on Friday, experts from the WHO met to analyze this new variant in detail. They recognized that it is a “high risk variant,” probably more contagious than the others, and have named it Omicron.

Dr. Angelique Coetzee was the first to alert of the existence of this new variant and commented that the symptoms of Omicron are not conventional. However, she calls for calm and to avoid “unnecessary panic” spreading because “the symptoms are mild.”

Currently, confirmed cases have been detected in Belgium, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, and Denmark. Possible cases are being analyzed in Portugal and France.

The WHO emphasizes the importance that we must all be vaccinated since it can lead to new, more dangerous variants and lengthen the duration of the pandemic and stresses that “vaccines continue to be essential to reduce serious diseases and mortality.”

The scope that Omicron may have is still unknown, but it is vital to emphasize the importance of maintaining COVID-19 measures at all times and taking care of ourselves to take care of others because stopping the pandemic is in our hands.

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