The COVID pandemic has been ravaging Europe for about two years now, and we have some fresh and exhilarating predictions from the head of the World Health Organization in Europe.
According to MarketWatch.com, Dr. Hans Kluge declared that the old continent is entering a plausible endgame of the pandemic. The number of COVID deaths in Europe has started to plateau, which is why he made the statement.
Europe has a single chance of taking control of the transmission
While Dr. Kluge made the statement during a press briefing, he also said that Europe has a single opportunity to get the transmission under control. This is due to high levels of immunization, which is caused by two factors: the infection itself and vaccination. Another aspect that plays a role in Europe’s opportunity is represented by the Omicron variant’s capability of causing less severe infection than other coronavirus strains. Let’s not also forget about COVID’s tendency of spreading less when it comes to a warmer weather environment.
However, the WHO Regional Director for Europe says that the old continent has recorded 12 million new COVID cases only in the past week. As expected, the surge has been driven by the Omicron variant, which is significantly more transmissible than other strains of the virus.
As there’s a new strain even more contagious than Omicron out there, known as the BA.2 variant, many people are concerned. However, Dr. Leana Wen, a CNN Medical Analyst, believes that there’s no need to worry and brings some good news as speaking for CNN:
Here’s what we know about BA.2. Given how quickly it has spread and even displaced the very contagious original Omicron variant, known as BA.1, in some places, this new subvariant appears to have an even higher rate of growth. There’s no evidence that it causes more severe disease than the original Omicron, which has been associated with milder illness than previous variants like Delta.