Omicron Variant May Not be as Bad; But Definitely Not Mild According to WHO

The known to be more badly infectious Omicron variant looked like it was associated with less extreme symptoms than the more dominant virus variant, Delta. Thus, according to the head of the World Health Organization, they couldn’t categorize Omicron as “mild”, though.

While speaking at a media briefing, WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, reiterated his advocacy for better equality all over the world in the provision of availability of, and acquisition of vaccines.

According to the database of current numbers of vaccine distribution, 109 countries are seen to not be inclusive of the WHO’s goal of getting 70 % of the world’s population members to be fully vaccinated by July 2022, according to Tedros. This goal is synonymous to be of aid in putting an end to the acute stage of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

A different variant called IHU was first to had been detected in circulation in September 2021. WHO has been monitoring this variant, but, the virus has not been spreading in a major way. WHO’s technical lead expert on the Covid pandemic, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove announced.

The two other categories of virus variants that are of major importance WHO monitors for the periodic status of the spread of the virus are variants of concerns and variants of interests. The virus variants of concerns comprise of Delta and Omicron.

Speaking during the same media conference in Geneva Switzerland, WHO adviser, Bruce Aylward stated that 36 countries had not even attained a coverage of 10 percent vaccination. Aylward further stated that the statistics of patients in worst shape all over the world, 80 % of the population were not vaccinated.

Omicron is being compared in similarity to a Hollywood film franchise that comes in multiple sequels. Just a few weeks after the variant’s BA.2 lineage generated virus cases surge all over the world, two more Omicron come back cases are subsequently surging globally.

The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa by scientists in April and was associated with the consequential generation of the increase in virus cases in the said country. BA.4 and BA.5 are the most recently discovered sub-variants of Omicron’s increasing family groups of coronavirus sub-types. These sub-variants have been discovered to be in existence in some level in multiple dozens of countries all over the world.

The BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants have been increasing in case numbers all over the world. These sub-variants can spread more quickly in comparison to other existing variants. Most of the latter variants comprise of those of BA.2. The BA.2 sub-variant triggered an increase in the number of Omicron variant cases when the onset of the beginning of the year has just set in.

Through time, though, many other people and professional experts have seen that the newest Omicron variants appear to have triggered lesser numbers of deaths and hospitalizations than their older counterparts. Such a situation was an explicit sign that the growing population’s immunity was in temperance with the direct after effects of an increase in pandemic cases.

The BA.4 and BA.5 are more in similarity with BA.2 than the BA.1 sub-variant. The BA.1 paved the way for the increase of Omicron variant cases at the latter part of the previous year, 2021. BA.4 and BA.5, though, comprise of their own rare mutations. These mutations include the changes referred to as L452R and F486V. F486V sub-variant is in inclusion of the viral spike protein that may undergo changes in its capability to attach on the host cells, and somehow, generate certain immune after effects, either positive or negative.

According to a May pre-print source, BA.4 and BA.5 both trace their origins to older Omicron strain sub-variants.


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