COVID-19 Will End In 2022 - WHO DG Predicts
COVID-19 Will End In 2022 - WHO DG Predicts

The World Health Organization stated Wednesday that the risk posed by the Omicron variety remains “very high,” after Covid-19 case numbers increased by 11% globally last week.

According to the WHO’s Covid-19 weekly epidemiological update, Omicron is responsible for rapid virus surges in various countries, including those where it has already surpassed the formerly dominant Delta variety.

“The overall risk related to the new variant of concern Omicron remains very high,” the UN health agency said.

“Consistent evidence shows that the Omicron variant has a growth advantage over the Delta variant with a doubling time of two to three days and rapid increases in the incidence of cases is seen in a number of countries,” including Britain and the United States, where it has become the dominant variant.

“The rapid growth rate is likely to be a combination of both immune evasion and intrinsic increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant.”

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The WHO, on the other hand, highlighted a 29 percent drop in the number of cases recorded in South Africa, which was the first country to report the variation to the WHO on November 24.

Early data from the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Denmark — which has the world’s highest infection incidence per person — revealed that Omicron had a lower risk of hospitalization than Delta.
However, more information was needed to fully comprehend Omicron’s severity in terms of clinical signs including oxygen usage, mechanical ventilation, and mortality.

More information was also needed on how past Covid infection or vaccination can affect severity.

“It is also expected that corticosteroids and interleukin 6 receptor blockers will remain effective in the management of patients with severe disease,” the WHO said.

“However, preliminary data suggest that monoclonal antibodies may be less able to neutralise the Omicron variant.”

According to the WHO, the number of new cases worldwide increased by 11% in the week ended Sunday, following a gradual climb since October, while the number of new deaths decreased by 4%.

According to the Geneva-based organization, “This corresponds to just under five million new cases and over 44,000 new deaths.”

The United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy reported the most new cases.

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