|Maine Medicine Weekly Update: 11/28/2021
WHO Classifies New Variant as 'Highly Transmissible' Virus (Omnicron)
An advisory panel of the World Health Organization classified a new COVID-19 variant first detected in South Africa as a highly transmissible virus of concern and named it ``Omicron'' under its naming protocols system.
The WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution met to review what is known about the COVID19 variant B.1.1.529. They advised WHO that it should be designated a Variant of Concern.
The announcement Friday marks the first time in months that WHO has classified a COVID-19 variant as such. The Delta variant, which has become the world's most prevalent, is in the same category.
However, many medical experts, including the World Health Organization, warned against any overreaction before the variant that originated in southern Africa was better understood.
*More Omnicron information below
Also in this Maine Medicine Weekly Update: It's quite the busy week for deadlines, webinars, surveys, and rules review so we've chosen to make this nearly an all Omnicron and 'What's Going on This Week' edition.
So grab your paper calendar, a pencil and a pencil sharpener (remember those little sharpeners) or your smartphone/smartpad/laptop and check out all that is coming.
Our regular and comprehensive Maine Medicine Weekly Update will be sent tomorrow.
Thank you for reading and of course for being a Maine Medical Association member. We hope your holiday weekend was spent with loved ones and provided some rest and relaxation.
Additional Omnicron Resources & Information
New COVID-19 Variant Emerges with Old One Driving Record Cases in Maine (Bangor Daily News)
Explainer: What Is This New COVID Variant In South Africa? (Associated Press)
COVID Variant Spreads to More Countries As World On Alert (Associated Press)
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