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One sneeze from Omicron patient ‘enough’ to transmit coronavirus to 100 others – Russian immunologist

Vladimir Polibuk, a Russian immunologist, said that an individual infected with the Omicron variant can easily transmit the infection to about 100 people just by sneezing.

“So far, we have not had this kind of infection. Measles was considered the most contagious disease, but Omicron surpassed it even in this regard,” Pollibuk added, according to what was reported by Russian media.

The expert pointed out that this mutated virus spreads very effectively through the air through respiratory secretions, such as coughing from one person to another.

“I think that even during speech, normal breathing and yawning, a spray can be released containing particles of saliva and mucus, in which there are enough viruses to infect another person. If a person coughs or sneezes alone, this amount is enough to transmit infection to 100 others,” said Polibuk.

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The doctor stressed that Omicron is especially dangerous for children. Since the emergence of the mutated Omicron strain of the virus, several countries around the world have witnessed a rise in cases of the Coronavirus.

Millions of cases have been reported worldwide, and the World Health Organization has said that the highly contagious virus could infect more than half of Europe’s population by next March, while some US officials have predicted that most people will become infected at some point.

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Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), warned that Omicron is spreading at a rate not seen in the world since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. He stressed that the coronavirus variant remains as a dangerous virus despite the fact that it causes less severe symptoms.

“Although Omicron causes less serious symptoms than Delta (the mutant that was dominant until now), it remains a dangerous virus, especially for unvaccinated people,” he said during a press conference.

This mutant, which was discovered in South Africa at the end of November 2021, has since spread widely in the world at levels unprecedented since the start of the epidemic.

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