Corona: Virus expert gives good news
Konstantin Chumakov, professor of virology at George Washington University, said that the “Omicron” mutant differs greatly from previous strains of the emerging corona virus, as Omicron is distinguished from its predecessors by its increased ability to transmit infection, but at the same time, its ability to cause infection has significantly decreased. disease, as well as its ability to cause death.
He added, “The new strain affects young people more, and among them, the disease is spreading much more easily than the elderly.”
He added, “When infected with the Omicron mutant, the disease is moderately transmitted, and the death rate has decreased significantly. Previously, the death rate was about 2% of patients, and now it is about 0.1%.”
He noted that Omicron, unlike previous strains, does not develop to the extent of pneumonia.
And the virologist listed the main symptoms of patients infected with the new type. Among them, headache, colds, nasal irritation and cough were mentioned. At the same time, the patient no longer notices his loss of sense of smell, as was the case in other breeds.
Chumakov pointed out that any pandemic usually does not last more than two or three years, even the Spanish flu, which claimed the lives of 50 to 100 million people, after a while, it turned into a seasonal flu, so the end of the current epidemic may be imminent thanks to Omicron.
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