Epiemiologist: The Omikron variant could end the coronavirus pandemic

Prof. Blakely, who is a lecturer at the University of Melbourne, relies on preliminary reports from South Africa showing that Omikron is more infectious than the Delta variant, but does not cause such a severe course of the disease. “A milder virus, which does not cause hospitalization-requiring diseases, but also spreads very quickly and could become the dominant variant, could solve a large part of the pandemic,” Blakely said.

However, the expert made a reservation on the Australian TV 7news that it cannot be ruled out that the variants of the coronavirus that will appear after Omikron will be more dangerous. In his opinion, they may turn out to be more dangerous than the present ones.

Mathematical models indicate that a new variant of the Omikron virus could be responsible for more than half of infections in Europe in a few months, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control reported on Thursday. In addition, Omikron may turn out to be stronger than Delta and become the dominant SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

On the same day ECDC president Andrea Ammon said that Omicron infections detected in Europe were “mild or asymptomatic”. It is not yet known whether the manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines will have to adjust their formulations due to the emergence of the new variant, but the European Medicines Agency assured that it was preparing for such an eventuality.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it expected more information “in the days” regarding the transmission of the new variant of the coronavirus. “It is still unclear whether the Omikron variant is resistant to existing vaccines, or whether it has more severe effects than other variants of the coronavirus,” she said.

So far, no cases of infection with the Omikron mutation have been detected in Poland.


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