Half of the population of Europe will be infected with omicron in the coming weeks, warns the WHO

More than half of the population of Europe It will be infected with the omicron variant of Covid in the next six to eight weeks, according to the forecasts presented today by the World Health Organization (WHO).

European countries have jointly registered more than 7 million new cases of Covid-19 In the first week of 2022, a growth that has more than doubled in a period of two weeks, as explained at a press conference by the WHO regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge.

“At this rate, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) estimates that more than 50% of the region’s population will be infected with omicron in the next six to eight weeks, “says Kluge.

As of January 10, 26 countries report that more than 1 percent of its population is infected with Covid-19 every week. Furthermore, 50 of the 53 countries in Europe and Central Asia have already reported cases of omicron. “It is rapidly becoming the dominant virus in western Europe and now it is spreading in the Balkans, “the WHO director has warned.

In any case, the regional director has urged that schools be “the last places to close and the first to reopen” in anticipation of future lockdowns. In the face of the foreseeable restrictions, and especially for the younger populations, he has urged to provide increased mental health support.

On the other hand, the uncertainty related to the coronavirus, the high transmissibility of the omicron variant and the hospital burden derived from “premature” to think of treating Covid-19 as an endemic diseaseAccording to data from the regional office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO).

“You have to be very cautious with your predictions about the future,” Kluge insists, placing the priority right now on protecting vulnerable groups and health workers, as well as minimizing disruption to the economy and schools.

In that sense, remember that the coronavirus has surprised “more than once.” “It is not a good idea to “make preconceived forecasts, he warns, in addition to highlighting that the fundamental objective for this year is to “stabilize the pandemic.”

Ni’deltacron’ ni’flurona’

On the other hand, the World Health Organization (WHO) has asked not to use words like ‘deltacron’ or ‘fluron’ to talk about Covid-19, as they are “inaccurate” terms that induce confusion in the treatment of the pandemic.

As Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO lead epidemiologist, has commented through her profile on social networks, these terms “involve a combination of viruses or variants, and this is not happening“.

“Let’s not use words like deltacrón, flurona The flurone. Please. These words imply a combination of viruses / variants and this is not happening. It is likely that deltacrón be a contamination during sequencing, “he writes.

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus continues to evolve, concludes the chief epidemiologist, attaching a link to the document on flu coinfection.

On fluronaKerkhove predicts that more cases of coinfection will occur “due to the limited use of social and public health measures.” For this reason, he urges to continue with the vaccination for both diseases and to continue taking preventive measures such as the use of the mask, distance, avoid crowded places and ventilate the rooms.

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