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WHO issues a ‘tsunami of cases’ warning from Omicron and Delta.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the highly transmissible Omicron virus, along with the presently circulating Delta strains, might result in a “tsunami of cases,” putting enormous strain on national health systems.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated at a news conference that he’s “very concerned” that Omicron, which is more transmissible and circulating at the same time as Delta, is causing a “tsunami of cases.”

“This is and will continue to place great pressure on fatigued health professionals and health systems on the verge of collapse, damaging lives and livelihoods,” he warned, highlighting the pressure as additional Covid-19 patients requiring hospitalization as well as a large number of health personnel becoming ill.

Tedros expressed his dissatisfaction with a recent report that Omicron was producing milder or less serious ailments.

“But at the same time, we’re undercutting the other side β€” that might be hazardous… we shouldn’t ignore the bad news in favor of the positive,” he remarked.

“We don’t want people to become complacent, claiming that this isn’t a serious situation. And in that story, we have to be very careful “he stated

Though Omicron appears to be more transmissible, has a shorter incubation time, and causes a mild sickness, Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Program, believes this is due to the predominantly young population that the variant has been infecting.

Ryan said he’s “a little cautious to make positive forecasts until we know how well the vaccination protection is going to work in those older and more vulnerable individuals,” because the Omicron wave hasn’t been fully established in the general population.

“I think it’s critical that we keep restricting transmission of both forms to the bare minimum in the coming weeks,” he added.

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