Winter may hike COVID infection, hospitalisation, deaths, says WHO

Although the most recent high of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is just behind us, the World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned on Wednesday night that things might become worse as winter approaches.

According to WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere (the EU, UK, US, and Canada) might cause a sharp increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and fatalities.

He mentioned in the statement, “We are now observing a welcome decrease in reported casualities in the entire world. However, with colder weather approaching in the northern hemisphere, it is reasonable to expect a rise in people getting admitted to the health care center as well as deaths in the coming months.”

In Belgium, hospital admissions for COVID-19 patients averaged 64 per day, while daily infection rates of 1,546 were noted. The number of illnesses peaked at 52,000 per day during the winter of last year, while hospitalizations nearly reached 370.

In Belgium, hospital admissions for COVID-19 patients averaged 64 per day, while daily infection rates of 1,546 were noted. The number of illnesses peaked at 52,000 per day during the winter of last year, while hospitalizations nearly reached 370.

“We have come a half long way in battling the epidemic. But the virus is still spreading widely, sending people to the hospital and killing too many people who could have been saved – nearly 3,000 in the previous week alone, or almost a third of all known global cases, according to Dr Hans Kluge, Director of WHO’s Europe Office.

Ghebreyesus emphasized the need to become immunized against the virus or booster doses if prior vaccinations have already been given since the Omicron variety variations continue to predominate.

According to him, subvariants of Omicron are more contagious than their forerunners, and the possibility of even more contagious and hazardous variations still exists.

For a second booster dosage,Belgium has started inviting a wider group. In all locations, the campaign will begin with the most vulnerable individuals and healthcare professionals in the initial phase before later in the month, making the additional dosage voluntarily accessible to everyone over the age of 18.

Furthermore, he continued by saying that many nations, especially poorer ones, still have unacceptably low vaccination rates for the most vulnerable populations, such as senior people and health care professionals, and that further precautions should be taken, such as avoiding crowds and using a face mask inside.

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