World Health Organization (WHO)

Total 5 Posts

Research says Omicron lasts much longer on surfaces than other variants – but disinfecting still works.

5 min read
We can’t say whether longer Omicron survivability on surfaces relates to a greater risk of infection. But it is of public health significance to know that wiping down surfaces and hand sanitising with disinfectants are effective methods of killing live virus.

Who gets to decide when the pandemic is over?

5 min read
We asked over 1,000 people whether the lifting of restrictions in England signals the end of the pandemic – the majority thought it didn’t.

Will Omicron be more contagious than Delta? A virus evolution expert explains what researchers know and what they don’t.

5 min read
It’s too early to say whether the newly identified Omicron variant is going to overtake Delta. But particular mutations in the new strain have researchers deeply concerned.

Why the WHO designated Omicron a variant of concern.

4 min read
Lessons have been learned of the importance of acting quickly to nip dangerous new variants in the bud, or at least to slow their spread to buy the world some time.

How Omicron was found and what we know so far.

7 min read
There’s a new COVID lineage called B.1.1.529. The World Health Organization called it Omicron as it declared it a “variant of concern” because it has a genetic profile very different from other circulating variants.
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