In a statement released on Saturday, the ministry updated its health advice for Egyptians on how to treat cold symptoms or suspected coronavirus infection so they can avoid developing severe symptoms and spreading the virus. infection to others.
The advisory comes a day after Egypt’s acting health minister, Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, confirmed to media that Egypt was witnessing an increase in the number of cases infected with the novel coronavirus variant Omicron.
Different global data suggests that Omicron can mimic common cold and flu symptoms, including runny nose, sore throat, headache, sneezing, and fatigue.
In its statement on Saturday, the ministry urged citizens to take the coronavirus vaccine as the “first line of defense” that protects society from the negative effects of the coronavirus.
Vaccines also reduce the possibility of developing severe coronavirus symptoms, hospitalization and intensive care admission, the ministry said.
Separately, the ministry warned that Omicron spreads quickly and can cause unvaccinated people to develop serious symptoms.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday that although Omicron is less serious than the Delta strain, it still poses a danger, especially to unvaccinated people.
In the current wave of the pandemic in Egypt, unvaccinated people were 65 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those who received two vaccine injections and 260 times more likely to be hospitalized than those who received a booster shot, according to data released Saturday by the Ministry of Health.
So far, Egypt has obtained around 129 million doses of different coronavirus vaccines, Abdel-Ghaffar told media on Friday.
Egypt administered about 36 million first vaccines, 24 million second vaccines and half a million boosters, Abdel-Ghaffar added.
Egypt began sending SMS notifications to fully vaccinated people detailing appointment slots for coronavirus vaccine booster shots last month.