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Health Ministry urges caution as follows Omicron variant – NationNews Barbados – nationnews.com

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The Department of Health and Welfare says it has been tracking the new variant of the Omicron coronavirus and urges Barbadians to take all precautions.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the ministry said information was now emerging about the new strain.

“The Omicron variant has several mutations that can impact its behavior, such as how easily it spreads, the severity of the disease it causes, or the effectiveness of a previous infection. Internationally, several studies are underway to understand the importance of this new variant.

“The WHO has said preliminary evidence suggests that people who have previously had COVID-19 could possibly be re-infected more easily with Omicron.”

The full statement follows.

The Department of Health and Welfare has followed the global emergence of the new B.1.1 variant of SARS COV2. 529.

The new variant, named Omicron, was declared a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 26, 2021.

The Omicron variant has several mutations that can impact its behavior, for example, how easy it is to spread, how severe the disease it causes, or how well a previous infection is. Internationally, several studies are underway to understand the importance of this new variant.

The WHO said preliminary evidence suggests that people who have previously had COVID-19 could possibly be re-infected more easily with Omicron.

All variants of COVID-19 can cause serious illness or death, especially in the most vulnerable, such as the elderly, and those with serious health conditions, including heart or lung disease, diabetes, etc. obesity or a weakened immune system. Preventive behavior is therefore always recommended.

Individuals are urged to continue to be as careful and cautious as possible, using preventive measures, such as physical distancing, frequent hand washing and disinfection, and the correct wearing of masks. Consideration of the benefits of vaccination against COVID-19 is also strongly recommended.

Based on information available from reputable public health agencies and being aware of ongoing research around the world, the Department of Health and Welfare will continue to review and update its COVID-19 protocols. if necessary, as it seeks to keep the population as safe as possible. (PR / SAT)