While some want to be optimistic, the WHO warns. During a press conference organized on January 18, 2022, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization, estimated that the pandemic “is far from over”, specifying that it was “probable that new variants appear.
For a few weeks now, several scientists, epidemiologists and even virologists have been optimistic about the outcome and the end of the health crisis.
Covid: here is why the Omicron variant offers hope for the end of the pandemic
Despite the record number of Covid-19 contaminations in France, some hope for an end to the health crisis, the end of the pandemic and a return to normal life in the months to come. The reason ? The Omicron variant, considered at this stage to be more contagious, but less dangerous. We explain to you. [Lire la suite]
The government wants to believe it too. ” We have reason to be optimistic ” told Gabriel Attal this Tuesday on CNews. ” We see that the Delta wave has really regressed, we see that the circulation tends to slow down and that in the regions where the Omicron wave started first, especially in Île-de-France, there is what seems to be the beginning of a decline. “he explained yesterday morning, even though France recorded this Tuesday a new contamination record with 464,769 cases identified in 24 hours against 102,144 the day before, according to data published by Public Health France.
On his side, the World Health Organization want to be careful. ” This pandemic is far from over and given the incredible growth of Omicron around the world, it is likely that new variants will emerge. “estimated this January 18 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the general manager of theWHO, during a press conference.
Already at the beginning of January, Catherine Smallwood, responsible for emergency situations within the world organization, explained that “the more Omicron spreads, the more it is transmitted and the more it replicates, the more likely it is to generate a new variant“.
Covid: Omicron could generate more dangerous variants, according to the WHO
While some specialists are hoping for a way out of the crisis thanks to Omicron, the WHO wants to be more cautious. “The more Omicron spreads, the more it gets transmitted and the more it replicates, the more likely it is to generate a new variant,” said Catherine Smallwood, emergency manager at the global organization. [Lire la suite]
The boss of the WHO also wanted to remind the impact of the Omicron variant on health systems. ” Make no mistake, Omicron causes hospitalizations and deaths, and even the mildest cases overwhelm healthcare facilities “he insisted before continuing:” Omicron may be less severe on average, but the narrative that it’s a mild illness is misleading (and) harms the overall response and costs more lives “.