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Nov 29 - Omicron variant poses ‘very high’ global risk and is likely to spread, WHO warns



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Nov 29 - Omicron variant poses ‘very high’ global risk and is likely to spread, WHO warns
 

 

The Covid omicron variant is likely to spread further and poses a “very high” global risk, according to the World Health Organization.

It warned Monday that surges of Covid infections caused by the variant of concern could have “severe consequences” for some areas.

The WHO issued a technical brief to its 194 member states on Monday.


LONDON — The omicron variant of the coronavirus is likely to spread further and poses a “very high” global risk, according to the World Health Organization, which warned Monday that surges of Covid infections caused by the variant of concern could have “severe consequences” for some areas.

“Given mutations that may confer immune escape potential and possibly transmissibility advantage, the likelihood of potential further spread of Omicron at the global level is high,” the WHO said in its risk a*sessment on Monday within a technical brief to its 194 member states.

“Depending on these characteristics, there could be future surges of Covid-19, which could have severe consequences, depending on a number of factors including where surges may take place. The overall global risk related to the new VOC [variant of concern] Omicron is a*sessed as very high,” the U.N. health agency said.

The WHO designated the variant B.1.1.529, which was first spotted in South Africa, as a “variant of concern” last Friday.

It said in its report on Monday that it is “a highly divergent variant with a high number of mutations ... some of which are concerning and may be a*sociated with immune escape potential and higher transmissibility.”

Known unknowns

However, there are still considerable uncertainties and unknowns regarding this variant, it said, repeating that sentiment on Monday.

First of all, experts don’t know yet just how transmissible the variant is and whether any increases are related to immune escape, intrinsic increased transmissibility, or both.

Secondly, there is uncertainty over how well vaccines protect against infection, transmission and clinical disease of different degrees of severity, and death. And third of all, there is uncertainty over whether the variant presents with a different severity profile.

The WHO has said it will take weeks to understand how the variant may affect diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines. Preliminary evidence suggests the strain has an increased risk of reinfection, however.

Read more: A heavily mutated Covid variant emerges in southern Africa: Here’s what we know so far

Early data suggests the variant is spreading in South Africa more rapidly than previous variants did and that the variant could be starting to trigger a new wave of infections, according to an analysis by the Financial Times.

Covid symptoms linked to omicron have been described as “extremely mild” by the South African doctor who first raised the alarm over the new strain.

It’s very important to remember that, so far, there have only been a small number of cases reported around the world — in several southern African countries and a smattering of cases in the U.K., France, Israel, Scotland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Australia, Canada and Hong Kong, but none yet in the U.S. — so it could take a while to fully understand what specific symptoms, if any, are attributable to the omicron variant on a wider scale.

It’s also too early to tell what degree of health risk the new variant poses at a global level; the international community has already seen several increasingly virulent strains of Covid-19, first with the “alpha” variant and then the “delta” variant, which is currently the globally dominant strain.

Covid vaccines have greatly helped to reduce severe infection, hospitalization and death, so new variants are closely monitored to a*sess whether, and how, they might impact the efficacy of vaccines.

Mitigation plans

The WHO urged member states to enhance surveillance and sequencing efforts to better understand variants, including omicron, and to increase community testing to detect if omicron is circulating in the community.

It also called on member states to accelerate Covid vaccinations “as rapidly as possible,” especially among high priority groups.

News of a new variant spooked global markets last Friday but European markets climbed on Monday morning. The region has already been battling with a sharp surge in infections caused by the delta variant, putting pressure on health services in a number of countries, including Germany and the Netherlands.

The WHO urged countries to put in place mitigation measures to prepare for a possible increase in Covid caseloads “and a*sociated pressure on the health system, ensure mitigation plans are in place to maintain essential health services and necessary health care resources are in place to respond to potential surges.”









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 2 months ago '05        #2
4REAL  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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It's only a matter of time until they bring out a brand new "vaccine" for the church of science members to baptize themselves in to battle these new demons, no sorry, new variants. to keep themselves in Fauci's blessings as they "follow the science."
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 2 months ago '18        #3
br82186  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x29
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IB4 people start calling this virus The N-gga Virus since media is trying to say it came from Africa.
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 2 months ago '17        #4
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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No it don’t lmfao.
@ move this bullsh*t to page 2

 2 months ago '16        #5
Ghostface Killa  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 br82186 said
IB4 people start calling this virus The N-gga Virus since media is trying to say it came from Africa.
I just don't get why it was ok to call it the West Nile virus when it came from the West Nile but it's not OK to call Covid the China virus when it came from China
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 2 months ago '07        #6
theFREAK  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x211
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 2 months ago '11        #7
PotheadFocker  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Just in time after they urged us to buy all the overpriced Christmas goods. I feel fleeced.
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 2 months ago '08        #8
cohs  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x11
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What else may be going on in the world? Slight of hand?
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 2 months ago '05        #9
Sizzler01  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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Omicron Is "Extremely Mild" Says Doctor Who First Discovered Strain; Numerous Mutations "Destabilize" The Virus
Contrary to the panicmongering unleashed by western mainstream median, Barry Schoub, chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Vaccines, told Sky News on Sunday that while South Africa, which first identified the new variant,currently has 3,220 people with the coronavirus infection overall and while the variant does appear to be spreading rapidly, there’s been no real uptick in hospitalizations

“The cases that have occurred so far have all been mild cases, mild-to-moderate cases, and that’s a good sign,” said Schoub, adding that it was still early days and nothing was certain yet.

Most importantly, and running counter to the fearmongering narrative being pumped out 24/7 by the mainstream media, Schoub said that the large number of mutations found in the omicron variant appears to destabilize the virus, which might make it less “fit” than the dominant delta strain.



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 2 months ago '17        #10
Naga Sadow  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x21
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At this point why bother posting these articles? People have already made up their minds and are gonna do what they want to do.

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 2 months ago '06        #11
Skateboard T  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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Curious to see more research on the impact on vaccinated vs unvaccinated

With delta, vaccinated/immunized infections were typically asymptomatic or extremely mild because the immune response was quick enough to prevent a viral load buildup that would put you in the hospital while unvaccinated/nonimmunized individuals were seeing very serious infections and deaths because the immune response was overwhelmed from the jump.

So delta was technically “weaker” for the immunized but more deadly for non-immunized.

Haven’t seen much research on the viral behavior of omicron though so we can’t say for sure whether it’s “stronger” or not, just that it has several mutations that SUGGEST it can evade immunity.
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 2 months ago '06        #12
Skateboard T  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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 SPdaGOAT said
No it don’t lmfao.
@ move this bullsh*t to page 2
You don’t have that kind of clout kid

 2 months ago '21        #13
LuxG2  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 4REAL said
It's only a matter of time until they bring out a brand new "vaccine" for the church of science members to baptize themselves in to battle these new demons, no sorry, new variants. to keep themselves in Fauci's blessings as they "follow the science."
Fauci was just on tv saying it’s going to need a new vax because the current ones don’t work on it.
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 2 months ago '08        #14
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 Ghostface k*lla said
I just don't get why it was ok to call it the West Nile virus when it came from the West Nile but it's not OK to call Covid the China virus when it came from China
Because China has way more economic clout and are highly sensitive to any perceived slights against them.
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 2 months ago '17        #15
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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 Skateboard T said
You don’t have that kind of clout kid
Ahhh, that’s what it takes to get sh*t moved to page 2.

Not if something is actually facts or not

Thanks for the self exposure. You been on a roll for weeks in that regard lol
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 2 months ago '16        #16
foshoVoodoo  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x58
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wake up out of permanent amnesia bredren. We are being genocided with biological warfare. This gonna keep happening to we hold the criminals responsible
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 2 months ago '06        #17
Skateboard T  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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 SPdaGOAT said
Ahhh, that’s what it takes to get sh*t moved to page 2.

Not if something is actually facts or not

Thanks for the self exposure. You been on a roll for weeks in that regard lol
Ok lol
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 2 months ago '17        #18
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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 foshoVoodoo said
wake up out of permanent amnesia bredren. We are being genocided with biological warfare. This gonna keep happening to we hold the criminals responsible
Too many people wanna lick their boots tho
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 2 months ago '09        #19
GREAT1NE  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Damn, if that survival rate drops below 99.7% the world will likely never recover
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 2 months ago '16        #20
foshoVoodoo  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x58
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 Skateboard T said
You don’t have that kind of clout kid
bx promotes the 6 year poison
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 2 months ago '16        #21
Blunted Sultan  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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Knew the would be front & center to continue acting like they know whats going on past they block lmfao
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 2 months ago '07        #22
iswerve  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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yo wasnt omikron a video game wayy back in the day. i remember it being on pc
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 2 months ago '21        #23
Fras 
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 2 months ago '16        #24
Homer Pimpson 
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China Virus
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 2 months ago '17        #25
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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 iswerve said
yo wasnt omikron a video game wayy back in the day. i remember it being on pc
Omicron Persei 8 was the first use of the word, the alien planet from Futurama.

They done used the Mandela Effect and the 2012 reset to modify alphabets that have been around for trillions of years smh we doomed brother
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