Omicron variant, WHO: “No deaths, but very high risks”

According to the organization “it remains to be determined how dangerous and contagious it is”

So far there are no deaths attributable to the Omicron variant of Covid-19. This was announced by the World Health Organization (WHO), underlining at the same time that the new variant poses a “ very high ” risk globally, even if it remains to be determined how dangerous and contagious it is. ” If a new major wave of Covid-19 were to occur due to Omicron, the consequences could be serious ”, reads a technical note released by WHO. “There have been no reported deaths attributable to the Omicron variant at this time,” he added. On Friday, the WHO defined variant B.1.1.529 of Covid-19 as an object of concern.

Already yesterday, WHO explained that “preliminary data suggests that there are increasing hospitalization rates in South Africa, but this could be due to the increase in the overall number of people infected, rather than a specific infection with Omicron. Al There is currently no information to suggest that the symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those of other variants. “

The infections reported initially, notes the WHO, “were among university students, younger individuals who tend to have a milder disease, but understanding the severity level of the Omicron variant will take days to several weeks. All variants of Covid-19, including the Delta variant which is dominant around the world, can cause serious illness or death, particularly for the most vulnerable, and therefore prevention is always paramount. “


WHO “is working with technical partners to understand the potential impact of this variant on our existing countermeasures, including vaccines. Vaccines remain critical in reducing serious illness and death, even against the dominant circulating virus, Delta. I current vaccines remain effective against serious illnesses and death “states the World Health Organization.


Widely used PCR tests, WHO notes, “continue to detect infection, including Omicron infection, as we have seen with other variants as well. Studies are underway to determine if there is an impact on other types of tests. , including rapid antigen detection tests “.

Corticosteroids and IL6 receptor blockers, the organization notes, “will still be effective for the management of patients with severe Covid-19. Other treatments will be evaluated to see if they are still as effective given the modifications to parts of the virus in the Omicron variant.” .


WHO “stands with African nations and asks that borders remain open” is the appeal of the World Health Organization. “As countries impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns about the new variant of Covid Omicron, WHO urges countries to follow scientific and health regulations,” WHO emphasizes.