London. The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern over the rapid spread of Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 in many countries around the world, including the United States. WHO officials also said that given the rapid spread of the new Omicron subvariant, all countries should consider recommending passengers wear masks on long-haul flights.
WHO/Europe officials said at a press briefing on Tuesday: “The number of infected XBB.1.5 subvariants in Europe is still low, but increasing rapidly. The WHO’s emergency manager for Europe, Catherine Smallwood, said travelers should be asked to wear masks in high-risk situations such as long-haul flights. Along with that, he said that “this recommendation should be issued for passengers arriving from a country where COVID-19 is spreading rapidly.”
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Health officials have reported that XBB.1.5 is the fastest-spreading omicron subvariant detected to date. 27.6% of new corona patients in America fall victim to this subvariant.
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Although it is not yet clear whether or not XBB.1.5 will cause a new corona wave in the world. Experts say existing vaccines protect against severe symptoms, hospitalization and death.
XBB.1.5 is another descendant of Omicron, which is the most infectious and effective corona virus in the world. It is a variant of the XBB sub-variant, first discovered in October.
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