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WHO believes that omicron will not be the last variant: “The more the virus circulates, the greater the risk of a new, more deadly one”

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Dr. Bruce Aylward, Senior Adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO), he does not believe that the omicron variant will be the last of the virus COVID-19, for which he has warned of the possibility that a more deadly one will emerge in the future while the virus continues to circulate.

“Ómicron will probably not be the last variant of COVID-19. We don’t know yet, but the more the virus circulates, the more likely it is that a new, more deadly variant than omicron will emerge “, has alerted at a press conference this Wednesday.

In line, the general director of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, recalled that last week more than 15 million new cases of COVID-19 were reported worldwide, “The highest number of cases reported in a single week”. “And we know that this is an understatement”, has pointed out.

However, it has detailed that the number of weekly deaths reported “It has remained stable since October last year, with an average of 48,000 deaths per week”. “Although the number of hospitalized patients is increasing in most countries, it is not at the level of previous waves”, Has celebrated.

In his view, this is due to “possibly”To the lesser severity of omicron and to generalized immunity from vaccination or previous infection. In any case, he has sent a message of caution to the population: “Although omicron causes a less serious disease than delta, it is still a dangerous virus, especially for those who are not vaccinated. Almost 50,000 deaths a week is 50,000 more deaths. Learning to live with this virus does not mean that we can, or should, accept this death toll “.

On the forecast that 50 percent of Europeans will be infected with omicron in the next two months, the WHO’s leading epidemiologist, Mary of Kerkhove, has indicated that there are “The tools to plan and avoid compliance”. “We ask everyone to help us reduce transmission”, has added.

For his part, Aylward has been impressed with the great omicron flood: “The curve of the epidemic is staggering. In 30 years working with infectious diseases I have never seen anything like it. We must do everything possible to stop the contagion “.

WHO CONTINUES TO REJECT ENDEMIC

Van Kerkhove has rejected that, for the moment, we are entering an endemic phase. “There will be no endemic situation in one country while the rest of the world continues to have a pandemic. This is not how it works. What will happen in the spring is up to us. The coronavirus will become endemic, there is no doubt about it, but we are not there yet. We are in the middle of a pandemic “, has claimed.

For his part, Tedros has urged “Do not allow this virus to have a clear path or lower our guard, especially when there are so many people in the world who still do not get vaccinated”. “In Africa, more than 85 percent of people have yet to receive a single dose of vaccine. We will not be able to end the acute phase of the pandemic if we do not close this gap “, has highlighted.

The same opinion has been expressed by the executive director of the Emergency Program of the WHO, Mike Ryan, who thinks that “This is not the time to give up”. “This is not the time to declare that this is a welcome virus. No virus that kills people is welcome “, has defended.

Tedros has added that “The vast majority of people admitted to hospitals around the world are not vaccinated”. “Although vaccines remain very effective in preventing severe COVID-19 illness and death, they do not totally prevent transmission. Greater transmission means more hospitalizations, more deaths, more people out of work, including teachers and health workers, and a greater risk of another variant emerging even more communicable and more deadly than omicron “, has advanced.

Likewise, it has argued that this large number of cases of COVID-19 “It also puts increased pressure on already overburdened and exhausted health workers.” “Protecting those most at risk also helps protect healthcare systems and healthcare workers, who are once again under increased pressure due to omicron loading. Health workers have done everything they can to protect us for two years; We must all do our part to protect them, vaccinating ourselves and taking precautions to avoid getting infected or infecting another person”, Has riveted.

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