In light of the increase in COVID infections from the Omicron BA.2 variant, the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that “misinformations” are circulating about the virus.
According to WIONews, WHO’s COVID-19 Technical Lead Maria Van Kerkhove discussed the misleading information.
She said, “We have huge amounts of misinformation that’s out there. There is misinformation that Omicron is mild. Misinformation that the pandemic is over. Misinformation that this is the last variant that we will have to deal with. This is really causing a lot of confusion.”
WHO’s Mike Ryan said. “It’s moving around easily and in the context of waning immunity and vaccines not acting perfectly against infection, the virus will likely continue to echo around the world. This is how viruses work. They establish themselves in a community, and they will move quickly to the next community that’s unprotected.”
Global infections increased by 8% in the past week. The number of COVID-19 deaths have been decreasing globally for the previous three weeks. This is the first week we have seen an increase since.
The WHO’s weekly report showed more than 11 million new COVID-19 infections and 43,000 deaths last week.
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: WIONEWS.COM