The dominant omicron variant in the Balearic Islands this weekend

Microbiology laboratory at Son Espases Hospital.

22-12-2021MY. Canellas

The omicron variant of COVID-19 already represents 25% of positive cases in the Balearic Islands and in a few days it will become the predominant since it will be present in more than half of infected patients. This was indicated by the head of the microbiology service of the Hospital de Son Espases, Dr. Antonio Oliver. Proof that this is a more contagious variant is that last week it represented only 8% of positives. Dr. Oliver explained that this is a trend that is repeated in other communities and in the rest of Europe, although in the Balearic Islands it came later because the first cases detected have been checked.

As for its contagiousness, it is a variant “much more transmissible than Delta” and against which the vaccine offers less protection in terms of transmission. However, this makes help prevent the most severe symptoms the virus can cause, Oliver explained. For this reason, he insisted on the importance of vaccination and especially boosters.

Although this is a new variant, the preventive measures are the same. Therefore, keeping a safe distance, avoiding crowds, wearing a mask and ventilating indoors are the main recommendations. It is also recommended to prioritize social contacts in small groups to minimize risk exposures.