Pregnant women and children are the main target of omicron, experts say

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — One very dangerous feature was found in the Omicron strain of coronavirus. Unlike the previous ones, it hits pregnant women and children very hard. There is something else really strange in his behavior, as described by experts.

In our story, we showed the story of a pregnant Olga Manina. She underwent an ultrasound, which showed that her baby is healthy and developing normally. Although recently she was admitted to the hospital with 100% lung damage.

She was confirmed to have covid. There was practically no chance for at least one of them to survive, but the doctors saved both of them – after a month of artificial coma.

“ It was getting worse and worse for me to breathe. There was not enough air. In intensive care, every day I thought why I didn’t get vaccinated ,” says Olga Manina.

Children and pregnant women are increasingly in the red zone. The disease is growing rapidly. That is why in Russia they are now testing a teenage version of the coronavirus vaccine and developing a children’s version – for those who are from 6 to 11 years old.

” Children began to get involved not in 10-11%, as it was before, but in 15% and more. And the saddest thing is that not teenagers, but children from 0 to 6 years of age began to get sick most often ,” says the deputy director for scientific work of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor Alexander Gorelov.

As soon as the outbreak of a new disease began, our scientists went to the birthplace of “omicron” in South Africa to study the strain right on the spot. Conclusions about him were ambiguous.

On the one hand, the lethality of “omicron” is indeed lower than that of the same “delta”, at least four times, but, on the other hand, it is much more contagious. The number of new infections in our country has increased by 2.5 times in just three days.

” We are preparing for an increase in the number of cases. I would like to urge people to get vaccinated. No one guarantees that a person will not get sick. But this at least gives a guarantee or at least a high chance of suffering a disease that is not in a severe form ,” says Ruslan, an intensive care anesthesiologist at the Magadan Infectious Diseases Hospital Sheludko.

Omicron has already become the most contagious disease on the planet, overtaking measles and influenza. France records more than 270 thousand cases per day, the United States – more than 250 thousand, Britain – 150 thousand.

“We’re having a ferocious omicron wave in the US right now. About 1.5 million people a day are now getting sick every day, far more than last winter, when the last peak was recorded ,” says a professor of virology and vaccinology at the university. Connecticut Paulo Veradi.

Russia is just getting ready for a large-scale “omicron” offensive. In the Perm Territory, now one ambulance doctor will come to the call, and not two, as it should be, so that there are enough hands for everyone.

In Bashkiria and Crimea, they are returning to the system of QR codes again. Judging by the observations of virologists, the most important thing is to survive the peak of the incidence.

Share 2022-01-17T18:40:51+03:00 First case of omicron infection detected in Chuvashia First case of omicron infection detected in Chuvashia

The head of Chuvashia, Oleg Nikolaev, said that at the end of last week, the first case of the disease with the Omicron strain was detected in the region.

“The operational headquarters took place against the backdrop of such not very positive signals both from foreign countries and against the backdrop of an increase in new cases of morbidity in the Russian Federation, as the Omicron strain covers more and more regions. Unfortunately, by the end of that week and in the Chuvash Republic, we have identified the Omicron strain , – said the head of Chuvashia, Oleg Nikolaev.

At the same time, experts also talk about the unusual features of the new strain.

” In Africa, where “omicron” first appeared, an epidemic of “omicron” arose. It arose somewhere at the end of November, by the New Year we had a peak, after which the new infection began to decline. Therefore, I think that with such a strong contagion “omicron” we will not deal with for a long time , “said the virologist, professor at the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology named after N.F. Gamalei Anatoly Altshein.

The new strain is now being studied at the Novosibirsk Center “Vector”. Our scientists have already developed test systems that detect it. They have proven that existing vaccines are effective against Omicron. Almost half of the residents of the country have been vaccinated. But this is not enough to defeat the pandemic. Need a figure of 80%.

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