DailyHum Logo
New Virus Variant Stokes Concern but Vaccines Still Likely to Work
Nov 26, 2021 | The NY Times
Picture - New Virus Variant Stokes Concern but Vaccines Still Likely to Work

Scientific experts at the World Health Organization warned on Friday that a new coronavirus variant discovered in southern Africa was a “variant of concern,” the most serious category the agency uses for such tracking.

The designation, announced after an emergency meeting of the health body, is reserved for dangerous variants that may spread quickly, cause severe disease or decrease the effectiveness of vaccines or treatments. The last coronavirus variant to receive this label was Delta, which took off this summer and now accounts for virtually all Covid cases in the United States.

The W.H.O. said the new version, named Omicron, carries a number of genetic mutations that may allow it to spread quickly, perhaps even among the vaccinated.

Sponsored
10 hours ago | The NY Times
When Dementia Strikes at an Early Age
12 of the best places to propose in Italy
4 hours ago | A Luxury Travel Blog
Travel
Terrace Cemetery in Wendover, Utah
8 hours ago | Atlas Obscura
Travel