Baghdad The Ministry of Health confirmed that the new mutant of the emerging coronavirus “Omicron” is faster spreading and more infected than the Delta mutant.
A member of the media medical team of the Ministry of Health, Ruba Falah Hassan, said, in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA), that “the most prominent symptoms of the new mutant Omicron are dry cough with night sweats and general weakness. As for the Delta virus, its symptoms are shortness of breath with loss of sense of smell and taste and pharyngeal congestion “.
She explained that “the omicron mutant is four times more infected than the Delta strain, but the symptoms differ from one person to another,” noting that “some symptoms of infection with the omicron mutant are similar to the delta mutant, as both cause fever, headache and runny nose.”
she added, “The cases that were detected infected with the Omicron mutant have almost recovered and their health status is currently stable,” noting that “the spread of the new mutant will infect more people, and it may expose them to health complications if the person is not receiving the vaccine, so this epidemiology wave is described as a wave of unvaccinated people.
She explained, “Unvaccinated people are more susceptible to infection and complications, and to reach severe and critical cases of infection,” stressing that “receiving the vaccine is very important to reduce symptoms of the disease, reduce the severity of infection, and prevent the risk of death or reaching severe critical cases.”
She continued, “Vaccines do not prevent infection with the virus, but they protect against the severity of symptoms and complications for all groups targeted by taking the vaccine, including the elderly and young people,” noting that “people with heart diseases and other chronic diseases are more susceptible to infection and complications, and more likely to reach severe and critical cases than others, and also depends on the person receiving the vaccine, whether it is a first or second dose, or even a third dose.
On the precautionary preparations and preventive measures to limit the spread of this infection, a member of the media medical team of the Ministry of Health stressed that “the medical and health cadres have a high degree of responsibility and experience to confront any new mutation that may appear in the future, but the responsibility is shared by everyone to take vaccination and adhere to preventive measures.”
Source: National Iraqi News Agency