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“The risk of infection on the plane increased 2-3 times”

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Many health professionals around the world are giving valuable warnings so that health systems are not suppressed again, as Omicron is more contagious and can evade the defense of vaccines. In many countries, such as the UK and the USA, the Omicron became the dominant variant in a much shorter time than both Delta and expectations. Germany, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands and South Korea are in the midst of countries restoring social distancing restrictions alongside partial or full quarantines. While travel restrictions have been announced in Asian countries such as Thailand and Singapore, more than half a million people are under quarantine in China, which maintains its zero-event policy. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says that even though civil aviation still has not returned to its 2019 capacities in 2021, “the risk of contamination on the plane has increased 2-3 times”. David Powell, the most authoritative medical consultant of IATA, which represents about 300 airline companies around the world, announced that the risk of being infected with the Omicron variant on airplanes has increased 2-3 times, according to the news in Bloomberg.

“Fly business, don’t eat at the same time”

Powell also shared his advice that choosing a business class flight may be more credible than the more cramped economy cabin. Powell states that passengers should avoid face-to-face contact in the cabins, they should be careful about their contact with surfaces, and it would be safer for individuals sitting next to each other not to eat at the same time (remove their masks). It is safer not to remove the mask at all on short flights. In addition, the detection of Omicron even in people who do not have contact with anyone in quarantine hotels in some Asian countries makes it critical for individuals to take measures such as masks and social distance. Powell states that the bet is not only about planes, but also that the risk of catching Omicron in the supermarket or on the bus has increased by one to one.

WHO: We see a new storm coming

WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge, at a press conference in Vienna, said, “We see a new storm coming. “Within weeks, Omicron will become the dominant variant in many countries in the region and could bring essentially exhausted health systems closer to collapse again.” Kluge stated that the variant has already become the dominant variant in England, Denmark and Portugal. The information points out that the number of new cases in Europe, which reached 2.6 million last week, is 40 percent higher than in the December period when harsh quarantines were implemented last year. Kluge also points out that in the European region, the variant is most prevalent among young people in their 20s and 30s.

“Get vaccinated before the Omicron turns into a crisis”

Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization, also invited governments and individuals to take precautions against the Omicron variant and said, “If possible, get vaccinated. “Right now we can prevent Omicron from becoming a global crisis.” Many leaders, including US Leader Joe Biden and British Leader Boris Johnson, have recently called on their citizens to get their third dose of vaccines again. Authorities repeatedly inform both those who have never been vaccinated and those who have been vaccinated for 2 doses, that the vaccines are provided for defense.

“It doubles every 2-3 days”

The Omicron variant, which was detected for the first time in a patient in South Africa on November 8, in the last week of November, became the dominant variant in many countries, including England, Denmark, Ireland and the USA, in a very short time, as it is much more contagious than the previous variants. came. Anthony Fauci Omicron, who is the COVID-19 advisor to the White House in the USA, states that the number of incidents doubles every 2-3 days. Almost 100% of new incidents in South Africa are Omicron, and in the USA all incidents are expected to be Omicron within the next week or two. Although field information from South Africa, Denmark and the UK indicates that Omicron is not as lethal as Delta, the fact that hospitals and hospitals are starting to fill up again in the middle of vaccination rates make it difficult to make definite claims about the course.

Biden sends free tests to homes

After the rapid spread of US President Joe Biden Omicron in the country, he started to increase the test capacity of the country and supplied 1.5 billion free residential PCR tests. These tests will be ordered free of charge and delivered to the residences. Reminding the citizens once again that the test and vaccine are free in his speech the previous evening, Biden once again called out to the families who did not have their children vaccinated, and said that almost all of the serious patients and deaths in hospitals were unvaccinated. In order to encourage citizens to vaccinate in New York, a $100 incentive bonus was started to be given to those who are vaccinated in some regions. In Israel, the government is preparing to start the 4th dose.

Approval for new treatments is near, they have started purchases

It is stated that the US Food and Drug Authority FDA is preparing to approve the treatment batteries of Pfizer and Merck this week.

England is one of the countries that ordered the first treatment pill, as it was in the vaccination processes before. The government announced yesterday that it has reached a supply agreement with both Pfizer and Merck for a total of 4.25 million therapeutic COVID-19 pills. He made 2.5 million additional purchases of Pfizer’s pill called Paxlovid – bringing the total intake to 2.75 million. Merck was agreed to purchase 1.75 million therapeutic Molnupiravir pills.

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