COVID19: Omicron submutants may arrive

Government adviser Dr. Zoi Dorothea Pana said the more contagious COVID Omicron submutant could reach Cyprus and the situation needs to be monitored.

All Omicron subvariants are highly contagious, but less deadly than Delta or previous variants.

However, the new version does not appear to cause more serious illness than the previous Omicron variants.

In a statement to the CNA, Dr. Pana found several subvariations of Omicron, BA.4, and BA.5 derived from Omicron, which were first detected in South Africa and the United States, resulting in variations and mutations. He said it was a problem to deal with. And sporadically in Europe.

“What we need to investigate further is whether they are the cause. Severe illness And whether they affect the effectiveness of existing vaccinations. “

“The European Commission and the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention have stated that COVID-19 and mutations and mutations need to be monitored in the future for a timely and effective response,” said Pana. ..

Asked if these subvariants could come to Cyprus, Pana said no one could exclude or confirm it.

Cyprus is one of the countries with high immunity from vaccination.

She added that there are 40 countries where less than 20% of the population is fully vaccinated.

“This does not help towards the common goal of increasing the immunity of the general public and the scope of vaccination.

“Data from Europe and Cyprus show that if nothing new emerges, it will maintain the desired balance until summer.

“September is certainly a time that involves us in many ways.”

Dr. Pana said the World Health Organization was the first to publish an official report on antibiotic-resistant infections obtained in hospitals related to COVID-19.

“The conclusions suggest that there is a second quiet pandemic of resistant nosocomial infections. The problem existed before COVID but was exacerbated.”

She pointed out that 10% of people are affected Obtained at the hospital Infectious disease and death.

“Approximately 70% of these infections can be prevented by proper training and implementation of best practices.


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