WHO data on the Omicron strain.

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WHO data on the Omicron strain.

On November 2021, 26, WHO registered a coronavirus strain B.1.1.529 called “Omicron”. To date, we have provided information provided by the World Health Organization:

It is not yet known whether Omicron spreads faster or slower than other strains. The incidence of the disease has increased in South Africa, but scientists are continuing research to determine if it is related to the new strain.

It is still unknown whether the infection will cause the disease to worsen. There is also no information on the differences in the symptoms caused by the Omicron strain compared to other variants. All types of COVID-19 can cause serious illness or death.

Preliminary data suggest a higher risk of relapse due to the Omicron strain. Details on this will be provided in the coming weeks.

PCR tests detect infection, including the Omicron strain. The WHO notes that vaccines are still crucial in reducing the incidence and mortality of the disease.

WHO continues to coordinate the work of a large number of researchers from different countries to obtain complete information on the new strain, develop a strategy against its spread and find a cure as soon as possible.

We will continue to follow…

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