New COVID-19 strain 'does not pose significant concern': Sharkas

Jordan

Published: 2023-08-09 09:52

Last Updated: 2024-04-15 08:41


New COVID-19 strain 'does not pose significant concern': Sharkas
New COVID-19 strain 'does not pose significant concern': Sharkas

An epidemiological public health consultant Ghazi Sharkas said the newly identified COVID-19 variant "Eris" is a variant of the "Omicron" strain and has the same symptoms and infection severity.

He stressed that Eris does not pose a significant concern in terms of its danger.

Sharkas highlighted the role of climate change in facilitating the emergence of new strains of the COVID-19 virus, even after individuals have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

He reassured the public that there is no need for excessive worry regarding the new mutation. He pointed out that the World Health Organization (WHO) has placed this variant on its monitoring list.

Regarding prevention measures, Sharkas explained that it's virtually impossible to completely prevent new mutants from entering any given country, including Jordan.

He emphasized that resorting to lockdowns and travel bans might not prove to be a highly effective strategy.

Sharkas strongly advocated for monitoring cases displaying acute respiratory symptoms.

He urged for the genetic sequencing of cases infected with coronavirus, as this method aids in confirming the presence or absence of the new mutant.