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Omicron may be less severe in young and old, but not mild,- WHO

Source : 112 Ukraine

ddressing a press briefing in Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned that while the Omicron variant appeared to be less severe compared to Delta, especially in those vaccinated, it did not mean it should be categorised as "mild"
14:59, 7 January 2022

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Omicron strain, despite the lower severity of the disease, should not be classified as "mild". This was reported by Reuters.

Omicron's risk of developing the disease appears to be reduced in both young and elderly people, Dr Janet Diaz, the Head of Clinical Care within the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergencies Programme said.

However, the impact of the new mutation on the elderly is one of the big unanswered questions, as most of the cases studied so far have been in young people.

Related: Delta, Omicron could trigger tsunami of coronavirus diseases, - WHO

Addressing a press briefing in Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned that while the Omicron variant appeared to be less severe compared to Delta, especially in those vaccinated, it did not mean it should be categorised as ‘mild’.

"Just like previous variants; Omicron is hospitalising people and it is killing people. In fact, the tsunami of cases is so huge and quick, that it is overwhelming health systems around the world," he said.

Earlier, the World Health Organization warned that new coronavirus variants could emerge during the pandemic that render the current vaccines useless. 

“As this pandemic drags on, it’s possible that new variants could evade our countermeasures and become fully resistant to current vaccines or past infection, necessitating vaccine adaptations,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference in Geneva.

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