Omicron and other variants of concern identified in the Americas

Washington, Dec. 3, 2021 (PAHO)—All five Variants of Concern of the SARS-COV-2 virus have been identified in the Americas, including Omicron, which is now in three countries, according to an Epidemiological Update from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The most frequently appearing variant is Delta, and since it was first reported in July 2020,…

Washington, Dec. 3, 2021 (PAHO)—All five Variants of Command of the SARS-COV-2 virus were identified within the Americas, in conjunction with Omicron, which is now in three worldwide locations, per an Epidemiological Change from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Essentially the most most frequently exhibiting variant is Delta, and because it was first reported in July 2020, 181 worldwide locations worldwide – in conjunction with 54 worldwide locations and territories within the Americas – accept as true with reported its detection, PAHO’s Change notes.

The Omicron variant, designated as a Variant of Command by the World Health Organization remaining week, has been reported in now no longer now no longer up to 25 worldwide locations worldwide, nonetheless “it is rarely yet sure whether or now no longer VOC Omicron is extra without reveal transmitted from person-to-person compared to other variants,” or if it causes extra severe disease.

“Figuring out the stage of severity of VOC Omicron can also favor loads of weeks. All SARS-CoV-2 variants, in conjunction with the globally dominant VOC Delta, can reason well-known illness or loss of life, in particular for the most weak folks; therefore, prevention is persistently paramount,” PAHO’s Epidemiological Change says.

The different variants now circulating, predominantly Delta nonetheless additionally Alpha, Beta, and Gamma with lower prevalence, are linked to elevated transmissibility “compared to ancestral variants.”

“PAHO/WHO recommends that Member States continue their efforts to magnify vaccination coverage for COVID-19 and pork up adherence to public health measures for reducing SARS-CoV-2 virus transmission,” the update says. It additionally asks worldwide locations to continue to create genomic sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 samples and to show screen changes within the incidence of COVID-19. Fresh PCR checks can detect Omicron and the other variants.

“Relating to the effectiveness of vaccines, PAHO/WHO highlights that most contemporary COVID-19 vaccines continue to be efficient in combating the vogue of severe illness and loss of life. PAHO/WHO is working with technical companions to comprehend the doubtless affect of this variant on public health measures, in conjunction with vaccines,” the PAHO Epidemiological Change notes.