Omicron: WHO releases latest findings on coronavirus new variant
New Delhi : Few days after calling it a 'variant of concern', the World Health Organization has released its latest findings on Omicron, which has become a topic of global concern.
According to WHO, Omicron contains the risk of easy reinfection to those who have earlier been diagnosed with coronavirus.
For now, it is not known that the Omicron is easily transmissible from one person to another. The good thing is that RT-PCR tests are able to detect the new strain.
WHO is currently working with technical partners to understand the potential impact of this virus on the vaccines.
It is not yet clear whether infection with 'Omicron' causes more severe disease. There is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those from other variants.
As per preliminary reports, the hospitalization in South Africa has increased but this could be because the overall number of people testing positive for coronavirus has increased in the nation. Initial reported infections were among university studies - younger individuals who tend to have milder symptoms - but understanding the level of severity of the 'Omicron' variant will take days to several weeks.