TOO SOON TO TREAT COVID 19 LIKE FLU WARNS WHO
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is on track to infect more than half of Europeans, but it should not yet be seen as a flu-like endemic illness, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.
It comes after Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi suggested the UK could be one of the first countries to “transition” from a pandemic to endemic.
Evidence, however, is emerging that Omicron is affecting the upper respiratory tract more than the lungs, causing milder symptoms than previous variants. But the WHO has cautioned more studies are still needed to prove this.
On Monday, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said it may be time to change how it tracks COVID-19’s evolution to instead use a method similar to flu because its lethality has fallen.