Recapping the WHO’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic since its outbreak, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated during a press briefing that he is “highly concerned that Omicron being more transmissible, circulating at the same time as Delta — is leading to a tsunami of cases".
Public To Be Cautious From The Incoming Surge Of Omicron Variant Cases Warns WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned Wednesday that the highly transmissible Omicron variant, along with the presently circulating Delta variants, might result in a “tsunami of cases," placing excessive pressure on national health systems, Xinhua reported.
Recapping the WHO’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic since its outbreak, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated during a press briefing that he is “highly concerned that Omicron being more transmissible, circulating at the same time as Delta — is leading to a tsunami of cases“.
“This is and will continue to put immense pressure on exhausted health workers and health systems on the brink of collapse and again disrupting lives and livelihoods," he said while also highlighting the pressure that not just the increased number of COVID-19 patients needing hospitalisation but also a huge number of health staff being ill.
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Tedros expressed his worry about a current narrative claiming that Omicron has been linked to milder or less severe infections.
“But we are undermining the other side at the same time — it could be dangerous… we shouldn’t undermine the bad news just focusing on the good news," he said.
“We don’t want people to be complacent, saying this is not severe, this is mild. And we have to be very careful in that narrative," he said.
According to Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme, although the Omicron variant seems to be more transmissible, has a shorter incubation time, and causes a mild infection, this is based on the predominantly youthful population infected with the variant.
Ryan said that since the Omicron wave has not been completely established in the general population, he is “a little nervous to make positive predictions until we see how well the vaccine protection is going to work in those older and more vulnerable populations“.
“I think it’s really important over the coming weeks that we keep suppressing transmission of both variants to the minimum," he added.
Source – BERNAMA