The COVID-19 pandemic remains of concern as millions of cases all over the world continue to be reported. The three prominent variants are Alpha, Delta and Omicron. As of recent, an Omicron-related variant, B.2, was under study.
Omicron symptoms are in many cases upper respiratory in nature. Loss of smell is less common with omicron. While cases are less severe, their frequency is overwhelming, especially as our vaccination rates are still low. Hospitals are being inundated with a high influx of patients while ICU cases are mostly unvaccinated people. Two new oral treatments were developed in admission to monoclonal antibodies and Intravenous Remdesivir.
In Lebanon, vaccination and booster shots administered are lower than in countries where restrictions are being lifted. This is why the best way to combat this disease is through prevention: full vaccination, mask wearing and hand hygiene.
It is incumbent on each one of us to increase our awareness of the virus and to change our behaviors as individuals and as a team.
On this site, you will find some of the basic facts on COVID-19, and resources to additional information and urgent care.
As the pandemic evolves, we will bring you updates as we receive them.