Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist and technical officer for COVID-19 at the World Health Organization, said that recently a question has been asked by many: “Why should I care? The Omicron [منتشر] It is everywhere and I may get infected now,” she said, explaining that it is a very serious question that deserves an answer.
In a video clip broadcast through the official accounts of the World Health Organization, Dr. Maria said that the reason for the strong desire to prevent the spread of the omicron variant of the SARS-Cove-2 virus, is primarily because the possibility of exacerbating the situation to become severe and dangerous exists, especially among those who “They have chronic or serious illnesses, the elderly and those who have not been vaccinated,” the infected person may eventually die.
And Dr. Maria added that what the World Health Organization seeks to prevent is the occurrence of serious illness or deaths due to the omicron variable, noting that a person can become infected without facing serious problems or without symptoms, but the risk is that there is a possibility of transmitting the infection. to another person who is more likely to develop serious complications.
Dr. Maria stated that research is still ongoing and no definitive results have been reached regarding post-recovery complications from Covid-19, or long-term Covid-19, in the long run, citing in this context that it is still unknown what are the repercussions of infection with the Omicron variable, Which multiplies in the upper respiratory tract in contrast to other variants of SARS-CoV-2 virus that infect and multiply in the lower respiratory tract, and whether infection of the Omicron variant leads to suffering from any negative long-term side effects.
Dr. Maria appealed to everyone to do everything in their power to avoid infection with the Corona virus and protect themselves by adhering to the following:
– get the vaccine
– Maintain a safe distance from others
– Wear a suitable protective mask
Coughing or sneezing into the elbow
Keep windows open for fresh air in offices and buildings
– Clean hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol
The Corona virus has caused the death of at least 5,537,051 people in the world since it appeared in China in December 2019.
The United States recorded the highest number of deaths from the virus, with 850,605 cases, followed by Brazil (621,045), India (486,451) and Russia (321,990).
The World Health Organization estimates that the total number of deaths may be two to three times higher, taking into account the excess number of epidemic-related deaths.