A person infected with the omicron strain can simultaneously infect up to 100 people around – a cough or sneeze may be enough for this. Thus, the new variant of the coronavirus becomes even more contagious than measles.
Such an opinion with the TV channel “Moscow 24” shared the doctor – allergist-immunologist Vladimir Bolibok. According to him, even during ordinary conversation, breathing or yawning “an aerosol is released containing particles of saliva, mucus, in which there will be enough virus to infect another person.”
This explains the new outbreaks of COVID-19 in various countries. For example, in the United States, the number of cases per day is approaching a million people, although until recently the statistics were kept at the level of several tens of thousands daily. Russia is also preparing for the next increase in the incidence – according to the forecasts of the authorities, a surge can start a couple of weeks.
As Vladimir Bolibok explained, the infectiousness of omicron is influenced by the fact that its incubation period has decreased, and the first symptoms appear after three to four days. For comparison: initially, this period for coronavirus ranged from five to 14 days.
Finally, the specialist noted that the new strain is increasingly affecting children who are admitted to the hospital. This means that in the near future, the load may increase not only on the health care system as a whole, but also specifically on its children’s link.