On Tuesday, the WHO issued a statement that the Omicron is not the last variant of this COVID-19 pandemic. And that the speedy spread of its infection is likely lead to new, potentially more dangerous variants. The officials warn the public that the virus is likely to mutate itself further coming in new faces every time.
The WHO technical lead, Maria Van Kerkhove, said that people are thinking of Omicron as the last variant of the pandemic but it is not so. The virus is spreading intensely around the world and is likely to come again and again.
According to reports, the Omicron has infected 20% of the population globally with almost 19 million total cases reported all over the world. Officials are afraid that these are just the cases that have been reported. The number of unreported cases is likely to elevate this number significantly.
A senior official from WHO, Dr. Bruce Aylward, had warned that the greater the virus is transmissible, greater are its chances to replicate and mutate, leading to the risks of new variants emerging. According to Van Kerkhove, it is the time to strengthen public health measures like wearing masks and keeping a safe distance. She further stressed that governments should invest more in surveillance systems to track mutation in the virus.
In this regard, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that it couldn’t be predicted yet that if Omicron will be the last variant of the SARS-CoV-2. Fauci hopes that it is so but it is only possible if no other variant comes to elude the immune responses of the prior one.
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