WHO: Sehr hohes globales Risiko durch Omikron-Variante

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WHO: Sehr hohes globales Risiko durch Omikron-Variante
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Es sei noch unklar, wie übertragbar Omikron sei und ob Impfstoffe, Medikamente und Virustests dagegen weniger wirksam seien. Außerdem gebe es Unsicherheiten, was die Möglichkeit von neuerlichen Infektionen von genesenen Covid-Patienten betrifft. Dazu laufe eine Reihe von Studien.

Die Einschätzung der WHO beruht unter anderem darauf, dass das im südlichen Afrika entdeckte Omikron eine Reihe von Mutationen aufweist, die in bereits bekannten Varianten zu einem höheren Risiko von wiederholten Infektionen bei Genesenen geführt haben.

Falls es wegen Omikron zu einem starken Anstieg der Infektionen komme, „könnte das schwere Konsequenzen haben“, schrieb die WHO. Besonders Länder, in denen noch wenige Menschen geimpft seien, könnten schwer betroffen sein, hieß es mit indirektem Verweis auf das südliche Afrika.

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