MANILA, Jan 5 (Mabuhay) –Infectious disease expert Dr. Edsel Salvana on Wednesday reminded the public that the Omicron variant is still deadly amid reports that it is less fatal compared to other COVID-19 variants.
Salvana, who is also an adviser for the Department of Health, said Omicron might be less deadly compared to the Delta variant but still can cause death among vulnerable and unvaccinated populations.
“It’s only about one-thirds less likely na mag-cause ng severe disease na kakailanganin ng ospital pero hindi ibig sabihin na zero na ‘yun. Puwede pa rin mamatay lalo na yung vulnerable population at hindi pa bakunado,” he said.
On Monday, Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega said the Omicron variant could be dominant in the country in the next three to four weeks.
“I think in about three to four weeks, as predicted, the Omicron will be dominant in terms of 50% to 90% of the cases, overtaking the Delta virus. But the Delta virus is definitely still around with us,” Vega said.
Meanwhile, Salvana advised the public to have a two -week interval between vaccine shots for influenza and COVID-19.
He said they should be administered in separate periods to better document what shot is causing a possible adverse effect since most COVID-19 vaccines only have emergency use authorization.
Earlier, Salvana downplayed concerns that the flurona (flu and coronavirus) infection is a “major breakdown of one’s immunity.”
According to him, it was an “unfortunate confluence of events” if a person was exposed to two pathogens. He pointed out that it was not unusual to see coinfection in these cases. (MNS)