Still 'not clear' whether Omicron more transmissible, says WHO

Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that it is unclear if the Omicron Covid-19 varient is more transmissible or causes more severe disease than other variants, such as Delta. The WHO stated on Sunday that it is still unclear if Omicron is more easily disseminated from person to person than other variants, despite the fact that the number of patients testing positive has increased in South Africa where this variant was involved.

It's also unclear whether Omicron causes more severe disease, but preliminary data suggests that hospitalization rates in South Africa are rising, which could be attributable to an increase in the overall number of persons affected. The World Health Organization verified that there is currently no evidence that symptoms linked with Omicron are different from those associated with other variants, as determining the severity of the Omicron variant will take days to weeks.

All Covid-19 variations, including the Delta form, which is currently widespread worldwide, can cause serious sickness or death, especially in the most vulnerable persons, hence avoidance is always the most important factor. However, preliminary evidence suggests that there may be an increased risk of Omicron reinfection, according to WHO, but data is limited. In the next days and weeks, more information about this will become accessible.

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