WHO explains why Omicron is spreading so quickly

(ORDO NEWS) — The World Health Organization has made a statement that the incredibly rapid spread of the new Omicron coronavirus strain is influenced by several different factors. The reason for this is not only the numerous mutations of the virus that have been recorded by specialists, but also the social behavior of people.

Maria Van Kerkhove, who is the technical director of WHO, noted that people should immediately think about how to reduce the impact of the coronavirus on their lives and begin to control the spread of the disease.

Experts note that mutations enable the virus to enter the human body much easier and faster, infect its cells and actively multiply.

The new strain does not respond to an immune response. This suggests that people can easily become infected even if they have been vaccinated or have already been ill before.

Another reason scientists talk about is that Omicron replication occurs directly in the upper respiratory tract. This is a very serious difference from Delta or those options that were observed at the very beginning of the pandemic. They, in turn, mainly replicated in the lower respiratory tract.

The WHO also began to talk about the fact that, in addition to the factors mentioned above, the virus spreads much faster due to the fact that people communicate and contact with each other more.

They spend a lot of time indoors, especially in winter, and at the same time do not maintain physical distance.

The pandemic doesn’t even think of ending. Just last week, experts recorded the largest number of cases of new infections since the beginning of the spread of coronavirus – almost 9.5 million. This is about 71% more than previously observed.

WHO experts talked about why more and more new strains of coronavirus continue to appear. The World Health Organization is confident that the reason for what is happening is nothing more than a too low level of vaccination.

Also, to some extent, people themselves are to blame for the emergence of new strains of the virus. The WHO has emphasized that it will not be possible to stop the pandemic until a sufficiently reliable herd immunity is developed.

It is worth paying attention to the fact that today humanity has already encountered such strains of coronavirus as Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma, Omicron. Experts believe that people have independently created very suitable conditions for the emergence of new variants of the virus.


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