Two years since the pandemic began, unfortunately we continue to face the different variants of COVID-19, like omicron, which has greatly increased the transmissibility of the virus. So much so that this variant has already become the most present in the world, accounting for almost 60% of global cases.
This has been determined by the analyzes carried out by the global network of GISAID laboratories, which after the more than 357,000 samples collected during the last 30 days, have detected a presence of 208,000 infections of the Omicron variant. In this way, what until two weeks ago only focused on 1.6% of global cases analyzed in laboratories, it is already present in 58.5% of these, surpassing the Delta variant to become the dominant strain worldwide, as the World Health Organization (WHO) has already declared.
For its part, in Spain Ómicron has triggered infections of coronavirus with an incidence that, for the first time in the entire course of the pandemic, has exceeded 3,000 points. This Tuesday, the last balance of Health data reported a total of 134,942 positives, rising to 7,592,242 people since the health crisis broke out.
Although on the one hand it is partially positive news, given that it is a less dangerous variant than the Delta, the report highlights that the Omicron variant is capable of “evading immunity”, there is a risk of transmission between those vaccinated and people who had previously overcome the disease and had developed antibodies. However, from the WHO they have highlighted that the health risks presented by this variant are still very high, since it can cause an increase in hospitalizations and deaths in vulnerable populations.
On the other hand, a technical body of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that Current Covid-19 Vaccines May Need To Be Reworked To Ensure Efficacy Against Omicron and future variants of the coronavirus. The technical group, made up of independent experts, said it would consider a change in the composition of the vaccine and stressed that injections should be more effective to protect against infection.
But nevertheless, the statement stopped short of advocating a specific vaccine for Omicron at this time, saying more research was needed and urging manufacturers to share the data.
Nowadays It is estimated that the 2 million cases have been overcome in several days, and a spike in some infections has not yet been confirmed, which continues in an increasing trend due to Ómicron. Figures that the WHO itself recognizes could be much higher in reality, with still many infections diagnosed with home tests and not reported.
For our part, we take the opportunity to to appeal to citizenship, encouraging you to continue to comply with the recommended measures for your locations and to stay protected as we continue to fight to regain normalcy.