Omicron scare: WHO issued new guidelines regarding quarantine

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Although most people recover from COVID-19 within five to seven days of the onset of symptoms, an official of the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a press conference on Tuesday, but there is still a 14-day period. Quarantine is advised.

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Abdi Mahmood of the WHO's COVID-19 Incident Management Support Team has said that states should decide on the duration of the quarantine based on their individual situations.

The WHO official told reporters that it was possible to be infected with both influenza and COVID-19. However, since the two are different viruses that attack the body in different ways, they have a "slight risk" of combining into a new virus.

Mahmood said the Omicron version could overtake other versions in a matter of weeks, especially in areas where there are a significant number of susceptible people - mainly those who are unvaccinated.

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The meeting is scheduled to take place on 19 January to review the position of the WHO's Strategic Advisory Group (SAGE) on Immunization. Topics on the agenda for discussion include timing of boosters, mixing of vaccines and the composition of future vaccines.