Covid: WHO official declares Omicron cases are ‘mild’ and vaccine efficacy is not reduced

Covid: WHO official declares Omicron cases are ‘mild’ and vaccine efficacy is not reduced

Omicron cases currently stand at 22 within the UK, which will inevitably increase. However, a World Health Organisation official highlighted that there is no evidence to suggest the efficacy of vaccines will be reduced. There are around 40 different mutations of the Omicron Covid strain, with some changes indicating an increased risk of quicker transmission. Giving evidence at the Government’s science and technology committee on Wednesday, December 1, was Professor Neil Ferguson.

The professor said: “What we have seen is Alpha has been more severe than the previous strain, a little, and Delta more severe again.”

He cautioned: “So the trend we’ve seen is greater severity not less severity.”

However, such mutations have been “countered by better treatment by monoclonal antibodies, antivirals and all the other drugs”.

As such, “people have a better chance of surviving severe COVID today than they did at the start of the pandemic”.

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Experts on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) warned Government to prepare for a surge of Covid infections this winter.

If, however, reports keep coming in that the Omicron mutant causes mild cases, it gives hope that the NHS might be able to cope with the influx of infections.

A top official in Botswana’s health ministry said on Tuesday, November 30, that 16 out of 19 cases of Omicron cases in the country were asymptomatic.

The World Health Organisation official, as reported by Reuters, said that countries need to apply “an evidence-informed and risk-based approach” to travel measures.

Safety measures currently in place

As a precautionary step, the Government reintroduced the mandatory use of face masks in shops and public transport.

There has also been an extension of the vaccine booster roll-out to include all those aged over 18.

Those who are still yet to be double vaccinated are urged by Government to come forward to get vaccinated.

People still would benefit by mixing in well ventilated areas, and self isolating as soon they begin to suffer from flu-like symptoms.

The NHS listed three of the main symptoms of Covid, which are:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • A high temperature.

Research organisation ZOE detail much more symptoms to be aware of, including a sore throat and sneezing.

Should you experience any signs of illness, take a rapid flow test to see if you test positive for Covid.

People are still able to order a free PCR test from the Government website.

Published at Wed, 01 Dec 2021 14:37:00 +0000