Less severe but faster spreading, Omicron may strain certain service

2. Omicron
A healthcare worker administering a COVID-19 PCR test. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Omicron variant is not the same as the seasonal flu and is not even from the same viral category, Dr Wael Al-Husami, a cardiologist at a US hospital was quoted by a local media outlet as saying.اضافة اعلان

Husami said that when it comes to COVID-19 and its variants, we should compare the bad variants with a worse variant, but not link them to other virus types.

He also said that Omicron is the least harmful mutant of all, yet its symptoms could last from 10 to 40 days, adding that studies showed that the Omicron virus may be transmitted for 10 days by an infected body.

Husami also contended that the number of current COVID-19 cases in Jordan is compatible with the nature of the Omicron variant and compares with the number of cases per population in the US and other countries.

He added that in the US, the number of cases of Omicron infections is five times higher than that of people infected with the Delta variant.

“When cases rise rapidly, the wave reaches its peak within a week or two and then it plateaus. It is hard to figure out when we will reach the peak of the fourth wave,” Husami said, adding that many people fail to take the PCR test to detect the virus, which could give a distorted image of the reality.

He said that the wide and rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus and the positive cases impacted the human capacity in the dynamic fields, and while it was expected in the US, many hospitals and police stations departments could not cope and shut down.

Husami added that COVID-19 will persist for several years, saying: “The less severe the cases are, the more possible it is that people will be infected with the same virus and its variants again following a month or two, due to the failure of developing sufficient immunity.”

As for a fourth shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, Husami said that there has not been discussion about giving it to people, and that it was only given to the immunocompromised and those with special health problems.

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