Omicron predominates in 95% of genomic surveillance cases

Ómicron predominates in 95% of genomic surveillance cases, the director of Epidemiology and Demography of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Julián Fernández Niño, presented the national epidemiological situation against the virus.

The director added that “the proportion of people who die from omicron is much lower than from the other variants.”

However, he clarified that this does not mean that there are no people who die from omicron, but rather that the probability is lower, especially in people who are not vaccinated, vaccinated with an incomplete schedule, or vaccinated with a complete schedule without booster and comorbidities.

Omicron predominates in 95% of cases

“In Colombia, more than 95% of the genomic surveillance isolates correspond to the omicron variant. Wherever omicron goes, it becomes dominant, and where it becomes dominant, it generates abrupt spikes,” he said.

In the country, the pandemic has been asynchronous and that means that the new peak occurs by region, as is happening in cities such as Cali, Medellín and Bogotá, which present an abrupt increase in cases, but the increase in deaths is not proportional to the cases, it is less.

In addition, he mentioned that, with the changes in the criteria for applying tests, positivity will be measured with other indicators such as: involvement in the population at risk, ICU occupation, general hospitalization, and deaths.

But he stressed that prioritizing tests is not prohibiting them, so doctors, under clinical criteria, can order them to whomever they consider.

Fernández concluded by emphasizing the importance of early isolation in the presence of respiratory symptoms, even if the test is not carried out or the result is not available.

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