The omicron strain COVID-19 has evolved into a seasonal ARI characterized by its rapid spread and displacement of its more dangerous mutations around the world. Vladislav Zhemchugov, an immunologist and specialist in especially dangerous infections, told TASS.
“It (the omicron strain) will gradually displace all previous more dangerous constructs and bypass the entire planet. And this will be the end of the process. Many countries have already legally recognized it as socially harmless. This means that it has really become a seasonal ARI. Our health care system should concentrate on outpatient care, which is what the Ministry of Health is doing now”, said the specialist.
According to him, it is still necessary to be vaccinated against coronavirus, because unvaccinated people tend to have a hard time with the disease. According to Zhemchugov, the vaccine helps a person remain protected from various variants of the infection, unlike the immunity of those who have had omicron, which will not help against infection by previous strains.