The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been called a variant of concern by WHO based on the evidence that it has several mutations that may have an impact on how it behaves. There is still substantial uncertainty regarding Omicron and a lot of research underway to evaluate its transmissibility, severity and reinfection risk.
The World Health Organization’s top official in Europe Hans Kluge said 89 percent of those with confirmed Omicron infections in Europe reported symptoms common with other coronavirus variants, including cough, sore throat, fever.
Does the COVID-19 Omicron variant spreads faster?
The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading faster than the Delta variant and is causing infections in people already vaccinated or who have recovered from the COVID-19 disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
Is the Omicron variant of COVID-19 less severe than Delta?
Two studies based on real-world COVID-19 UK data on Thursday reported that the Omicron variant is less severe than the Delta variant, with fewer infected people requiring hospitalisation.
Our best defenses against COVID-19:
- Getting vaccinated.
- Getting your COVID-19 booster once eligible.
- Wearing a mask.
- Social distancing in indoor public spaces.
- Avoiding indoor crowds.
- Washing your hands and avoiding touching your face.