WHO: More Evidence Omicron Causes Milder Symptoms

WHO: More Evidence Omicron Causes Milder Symptoms

The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that there is a lot of evidence showing the Omicron variant of COVID-19 causes milder symptoms than the previous variant. Because, WHO Incident Manager Abdi Mahamud said Omicron affects the upper respiratory tract.

"We found more studies showing that Omicron infects the upper body. It is different from the others, which can cause severe pneumonia," said Mahamud, quoted from ANTARA, Tuesday (4/1/2021).

However, Mahamud cautions that the statement of reduced risk due to Omicron includes studies in South Africa, which has a large young population.

1. Omicron could be the dominant variant

Mahamud also reminded that the transmission of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was fast. This, he said, indicated that the variant could become dominant in a few weeks in many places.

According to him, the spread of Omicron can pose a threat to countries whose majority of the population still refuses to be vaccinated.

2. There have been 254 cases of Omicron in Indonesia

Meanwhile, on Tuesday (4/1/2021), the Ministry of Health stated that there were 254 cases of Omicron in Indonesia. That number increased by 92 cases from the previous day's data.

Spokesperson for the COVID-19 Vaccination of the Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, detailed that the 254 Omicron cases consisted of 239 cases that were international travelers (imported cases) and 15 cases of local transmission.

"The majority (of transmission) are still dominated by foreign travelers. From the monitoring results, most of them are mild and asymptomatic. The most common symptoms are coughs (49 percent) and colds (27 percent)," said Nadia in her written statement.

3. Omicron is more contagious than Delta

Nadia also reminded that Omicron has a much faster transmission rate than the Delta variant. Since it was first discovered on November 24, 2021 in South Africa, Omicron has now been detected in more than 110 countries and is expected to continue to expand.

At the national level, the movement of Omicron has also continued to increase since it was first confirmed on December 16, 2021.