The World Health Organization announced that it does not have enough data to decide that the “Omicron” mutant is more dangerous than the “Delta” mutant.
And the organization said in a statement today, Sunday, that “it is not clear whether omicron is more capable of being transmitted from one person to another, compared to other mutations, including delta.” According to the statement, some regions in South Africa, where the new mutant appeared, witnessed an increase in cases of infection with the Corona virus, but the organization indicated that epidemiological research is underway to determine whether this phenomenon is linked to “Omicron” or other factors lie behind it.
The organization also indicated that it is not clear whether “Omicron” increases the risk of the health condition of patients compared to other mutations, including “Delta”. She did not rule out that the reason for the increase in the number of patients receiving treatment in South African hospitals is the increase in the total number of infected people, and not their infection with the “Omicron” mutation in particular.
The organization also stated that it does not have information to prove that the symptoms associated with the “Omicron” strain differ from the symptoms associated with human infection with other strains of the Corona virus, noting that determining the severity of the new mutant may require time ranging from several days to several weeks.
The “World Health” confirmed that its representatives are working with a team of technical experts to determine the extent of the impact of the new mutation on the effectiveness of existing vaccines and health measures applied, adding that the vaccines currently used remain “a vital factor for the decline in serious disease cases and deaths, including those associated with the delta mutation. prevalent.”