While we wait for answers, keep staying safe


Since the WHO named Omicron as a COVID-19 variant of concern, scientists have been working around the clock to find answers.

Until conclusive results are found, the WHO and public health authorities are urging people to continue safe behaviours like washing your hands, wearing a mask and getting vaccinated when offered the vaccine.

So what are scientists looking for as they study Omicron?

As well as studying the cellular structure of the variant under microscopes in laboratories, researchers are looking at data from all over the world to make calculations about the level of threat.

Since its discovery, Omicron has spread rapidly and is present in over 100 countries. But more important than its geographical spread are some crucial questions that experts are trying to answer, such as: How effective are the vaccines in preventing us from catching Omicron? Are the symptoms different to previous variants? Do the current vaccines and treatments still protect us from serious illness or death? And what public health measures should be taken to deal with the new threat?

Some answers are beginning to emerge. For example, the WHO believes that Omicron is transmitted from person to person more easily than the previous dominant variant, Delta. And the available data suggests that symptoms are less severe than Delta, meaning fewer people are being hospitalised or dying after catching Omicron [1]. But there is still much to be studied before definitive outcomes can be understood. 

Until we have these answers, it is important to remember that keeping ourselves and our communities safe should remain a priority. Continue to follow public health guidance and encourage others to do so too.

Team Verified

Source: [1] WHO

Current COVID-19 Data
Source: WHO
5.4 Million

9.1 Billion
Vaccine doses given

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