(ORDO NEWS) — An infectious disease specialist from the United States believes that absolutely everyone will get sick with the Omicron strain and no one can avoid infection.
At the same time, people who have been vaccinated will tolerate the disease quite easily. Anthony Fauci, who serves as director of the US National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases, is confident that Omicron will most harm those who have not yet had a single shot to protect themselves from COVID-19.
The specialist added that even those who have been vaccinated or have received a booster vaccine will not be able to protect themselves from a viral disease.
The advantage in this situation will be that the disease will proceed fairly easily and will not cause much harm to the body. At the same time, the risk of hospitalization or death will be minimal.
On January 11, WHO officials made a statement that the booster doses currently offered by various companies are likely to fail to protect if new strains of coronavirus emerge.
That is why it is necessary to immediately start developing new drugs that will help cope with those viruses that may appear in the near future.
It is worth paying attention to the fact that Omicron is spreading with great speed. In the first seven days of the new 2022 alone, over 7 million cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in Europe. On January 10, it was reported that 1% of the population of Europe is infected every week.
To date, the distribution of Omicron has already been reported by 50 countries out of 53 that are located in Europe and Central Asia.
Not as much is known about the new strain as we would like. Omicron mostly proceeds fairly easily. The main symptoms include body aches, dry coughs, night sweats, and fever.
These symptoms are quite similar to the simplest cold. The bad news in this situation is that existing vaccines cannot elicit a strong enough immune response against the new strain. At the same time, one can count on the fact that the vaccine still protects well against complications.
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