Last week, 15 million coronavirus infections were reported worldwide, reports the World Health Organization. This is the highest number since the start of the pandemic. The reason for the increase in the incidence is a new variant of the virus – omicron.
Typical symptoms of omicron infection – list
The most common symptoms of infection with the omicron variant in children include:
- higher temperature,
- runny nose,
- headache and muscle pain,
- general fatigue.
Less frequently, children complain of:
- abdominal pain,
Krup. What kind of illness is that? What are its symptoms?
A new symptom of omicron infection in children is a strong and tiring cough that resembles barking, US doctors said. This type of cough is also a symptom of laryngitis, also known as croup. Laryngitis is a respiratory disease caused by a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. It leads to laryngeal edema, which makes it difficult for the patient to breathe.
- “barking” cough,
- laryngeal wheezing
The symptoms of krupa worsen at night. The disease rarely occurs in adults and children over 6 years of age. Laryngitis affects about 15 percent of people. children from six months to six years of age. It rarely occurs in older children and adults.
WHO chief: Omicron dangerous to the unvaccinated
World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced during a press conference that the number of infections in the world is now at a record high, but the number of deaths is lower than a year ago, suggesting that Omikron is not as deadly as the Delta variant.
However, the head of the WHO warned against underestimating the new variant of the virus. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for the vaccination of as many people as possible and admitted that the goals set by the WHO will be difficult to achieve. “In 90 countries, up to 40 percent of people have not yet been vaccinated, and in 36 countries, less than 10 percent of the population has received the preparation,” said the head of the WHO. The World Health Organization previously called for 70 percent of the population of all countries to be vaccinated by the middle of this year.
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Experts from WHO also say that in the face of further mutations of the virus, pharmaceutical companies will have to modify the available vaccines to maintain their effectiveness.