Omicron sub-variant nothing to be alarmed by: expert

Infectious Diseases Specialist at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Richard Lessells spoke with eNCA's Tumelo Mothotoane about the omicron variant. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Omicron sub-variant, BA.2, is more infectious than the original but infectious disease specialist, Richard Lessells says it doesn't cause severe symptoms.

The sub-variant has been detected in five African countries and is spreading through South Africa.

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Lessells, however, says there's no concern of a resurgence.

He said, "it seems to be a bit more infectious than BA.1 but there is no evidence it causes any different disease, in particular, more severe disease and we know that the vaccines are equally as effective against BA.2 as against BA.1."

"Those are the really key things and it is not something that people should be alarmed by it may be the cause of some infections now but we don't expect it to cause major resurgence in South Africa."


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