New COVID Strain “Omicron” has been Labeled as a ‘Variant of Concern’ by WHO

Due to its huge number of mutations and possible rapid rate of infection, the latest COVID-19 variation discovered in South Africa has been given the Greek name ‘Omicron’ and characterized as a variant of concern by UN health agency scientists. 

Preliminary information also suggests that this strain of concern has a higher risk of reinfection than other strains, such as Delta. 

Currently, the number of cases appears to be rising in practically all of South Africa’s provinces. The variation has been found at higher rates than in past outbreaks, implying that it may have a growth advantage. 

To better understand the variation, researchers have recommended countries increase monitoring and genome sequencing efforts. 

A number of studies are underway, and the agency’s technical advisory committee, known as TAG-VE, will continue to assess this variant. New findings will be communicated to the Member States and the general public as warranted. 

There is still a scarcity of information about the now-named ‘Omicron’ variant. 

The UN health agency earlier today asked all nations to take a risk-based and scientific approach to travel bans related to the novel type discovered in South Africa and Botswana. 

Mr. Van Kerkhove complimented these countries’ researchers for freely sharing information with the UN health agency. 

So far, less than 100 cases of the new type have been verified, mostly among young people, who have the country’s lowest vaccination rate. 

People can do a lot to protect themselves from COVID, according to WHO officials, including continuing to use masks and avoiding crowds. 

Everyone out there needs to understand that the more this virus spreads, the more opportunity it has to evolve, resulting in more mutations. 

Therefore people should get vaccinated when they can make sure they receive the full course of doses and make sure they take steps to reduce their exposure and prevent themselves from passing that virus to someone else.