COVID may soon become similar to the common cold thanks to an Omicron variant, according to a leading expert from the World Health Organization.
And the special envoy on Covid-19 David Nabarro admits that it is unlikely that a more deadly strain of the virus will become dominant in the future.
It comes because of the number of confirmed cases already significantly reduced this week with the five-day moving average now standing at 18,360 – down from 23,432 on Monday.
The Chief Medical Officer today confirmed an additional 10,753 positive PCR cases of Covid-19 in Ireland with 4,208 positive antigen tests registered through the HSE website yesterday.
As of 8 am this morning, 965 people infected with the virus have been hospitalized, of which 88 are being treated in an intensive care facility.
‘BUMPY NEXT in a few months’
Talk to business articles, David Nabarro from WHO has explained why a less aggressive strain of Covid-19 is likely to become dominant.
“Only a small number of coronaviruses are known to infect humans,” he said. About five o’clock. One of them is the common cold, and most of us believe that eventually this current coronavirus, the one that causes Covid-19, will become like a common cold virus.
“This is going to be something we all get over time, that we have different immunity, and in most cases it causes a relatively mild illness.
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“To get there, what needs to happen is the virus mutates. And when it mutates, it becomes more contagious, and at the same time, it becomes less aggressive.
“Omicron’s existence suggests the journey has begun but there is little warning of this.”
He acknowledged that we’re in for a “bumpy next few months” as the process between the current pandemic and a milder one begins, it’s not going to be a smooth ride.
Mr. Nabarro acknowledged that making predictions about the emergence of any deadly virus was “difficult” but explained that the general pattern showed a likely trend towards a transition to a different type of virus. the virus is more contagious and less deadly.
“We think it is highly unlikely that a more lethal virus will become dominant,” he said.
“We think that many lethal variants will emerge and they are associated with discomfort in local situations, but they will not become dominant unless all of our predictions is wrong.”
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