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“An event canceled is better than a life canceled”, warns WHO during holidays

The Director-General of the WHO warns people to be cautious during the holidays after covid-19 cases increased in most countries due to Omicron variant.

You are still on time to change your Christmas and New Year’s Eve plans. The World Health Organization has warned to avoid gatherings in an attempt to slow down covid-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant. 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s Director-General, shared at a press conference his concerns about this new variant that is becoming the dominant one in the U.S and added “an event canceled is better than a life canceled”.

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According to Tedros, Omicron has become a variant of interest due to its high transmission rate.

"There is no consistent evidence that Omicron is spreading significantly faster than the Delta variant. And it is more likely that people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 could be infected or reinfected," Tedros said.

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Just in the U.S, the Omicron variant has become de dominant one in less than 20 days after it was detected, according to CDC.

"All of us want to spend time with friends and family. All of us want to get back to normal. The fastest way to do that is for all of us -- leaders and individuals -- to make the difficult decisions that must be made to protect ourselves and others," Tedros said.

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"It's better to cancel now and celebrate later than to celebrate now and grieve later. None of us want to be here again in 12 months' time, talking about missed opportunities, continued inequity, or new variants," he added.

Up to this day, little is known about the Omicron variant, including whether it causes more or less severe illness or how it reacts to vaccines, mainly because this new variant was discovered the last days of November in South Africa and scientists are still studying it.  

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