Expert in medical biology and research at the Karol Marcinkowski University of Medicine in Pozna, Dr. Hap. n. med. Piotr Rzymski told PAP that since the first information about Variant of OmikronAlmost immediately in the media, a lot of different speculations appeared about him, and they are also alarming – only because they are not based on scientific evidence.
What do we know about Omicron?
As he explained, what is currently known about the Omikron variant is that it is a “record holder” in the number of mutations that lead to changes in the spike protein, and that it is rapidly beginning to spread to different parts of the world. . “This is a message that the appearance of this variant should not be ignored, and it must be explored as quickly as possible. This is why the WHO almost immediately included Omikron in the group of variables of interest (VOC), he noted.
Roman explained that earlier this group included the Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta variants. He noted that these were at the same time variants that met the criteria for defining fear-inducing insanes. “At least one of the following conditions had to be met: greater transmissibility, impact on the clinical course of infection, increased risk of reinfection or reduced efficacy of vaccines or other methods of epidemic control to some extent,” he said.
“At least one of these conditions was met by the Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta variants. However, at the time the WHO included the Omikron variant in this group, none of them had been fulfilled “- he emphasized.
“Let’s let science work in peace”
Roman when asked why he left the Omicron variant Passed by the World Health Organization To the set of variables of concern, he replied that it was for practical reasons.
“Because the Omikron variant already features a record number of mutations, its inclusion in the list of variants of concern by the World Health Organization, but also by ECDC in Europe, has led to increased vigilance in epidemiological services in various places around the world, better tracking variant spread Omikron, reporting its cases to global databases and launching various tests that allow you to quickly identify the characteristics of this variant. Therefore, the decision was right, even if its repercussions are now a media earthquake – he said.
A quick reaction is needed so that the virus does not drive us away. Science will answer a number of questions about the Omikron variant, but let’s let it run in peace. And let’s also keep calm, because the rules for combating SARS-CoV-2 have not changed, no matter what alternative we are talking about ”- he emphasized.
Searching takes time.
Roman added that in the coming weeks there will be information on the results of various studies. These will be experimental studies, clinical observations and epidemiological analyzes.
At first we will have partial results, only when we collect more of them will it be possible to formulate a more definite conclusion. So it’s worth remembering not to try every media report on simple research. He emphasized that these are just templates that will collectively build the image of this alternative.
“When we have any questions, we expect to get an answer right away — and research takes time. But not only that — they need analyzes that overlap and collectively answer questions, in other words — one swallow won’t spring here — he said.
Rzymski emphasized that no one should give in to any media panic, and wait with final assessments of potential threats related to the Omikron variant until reliable and objective research results are obtained. In the meantime, it’s best for unvaccinated people to get the vaccine. This will put them in an advantageous position when facing the Omikron variant as well as any other variant; On this, there is agreement in the scientific community – emphasized.
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