The World Health Organisation (WHO) warns that the Omicron variant poses as 'very high' global risk’ as Dutch police arrest couple boarding plane after fleeing quarantine while Japan bans foreigners and Australia scraps reopening borders.
A virus is a sub-microscopic infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses infect all life forms, from animals and plants to microorganisms, including bacteria and archaea.
They don’t contain the ability to replicate themselves without being inside a cell.
The WHO has warned the new Omicron Covid super-mutant poses a 'very high' risk to the global pandemic recovery with 'severe consequences' possible if it causes a new wave of infections.
'Omicron has an unprecedented number of mutations, some of which are concerning for their potential impact on the trajectory of the pandemic,' the WHO said, amid fears the new variant is much more infectious than previous strains including Delta. 'The overall global risk related to the new variant is assessed as very high.'
My fear is that Omicron is a precursor to a deadly strain that will identify it and piggyback into the initially infected cells. If so, it will either make those who are infected infertile for several generations, or kill them in the billions.
WooHooan, we could be in for a bumpy ride!