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Omicron’s spread is affecting even the youngest members of families, as scientists urge vaccination

Omicron’s spread is so widespread that there are only a few families that haven’t been affected by it at all – and for some families, it means worrying about their children.

In the Toronto area, Sara Bankuti noticed that her newborn baby, Aviv, was suffering from COVID-19 in hospital on Saturday.

“Very scary because my daughter, she’s 10 weeks old,” she told Nation World News. “So she had a fever and she was jumping non-stop, all through yesterday.”

Although the girl is still at home, she is still very ill.

The Bankuti family has taken every precaution during the pandemic as their three-year-old daughter Alice has a brain tumor and is undergoing chemotherapy.

Even though both parents were vaccinated, COVID-19 entered the family, infecting everyone in the process.

“That’s why COVID is so scary,” Bankuti said. “You don’t know how it will affect people, but especially for our children, we don’t know. For the last 48 hours we have been very worried.”

She said that her family is unable to sleep worrying about their children.

“We don’t know what the full side effects are,” she said. “It’s still new.”

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Doctors know how transmissible Omicron is, with its tornadoes around the world and scientists worry that Omicron will not be the final version of the virus.

“More and more people are getting infected,” Leonardo Martinez, assistant professor at Boston University School of Public Health, told Nation World News. “The more people that are infected, the more likely they are to have new mutations, and so does new forms.”

The World Health Organization reported a record 15 million new COVID-19 cases in the week of January 3-9, a 55 percent increase from the previous week.

“Those mutations, one change, two changes, doesn’t really matter, doesn’t hold up, sometimes it does, and that’s where we go from a sort of interest to a sort of worry, said Cynthia Carr, founder and epidemiologist with EPI Research involved in Winnipeg.

An infectious disease physician at Kingston Health Sciences Center, Dr. According to Gerald Evans, small changes can bring the epidemic to an endemic phase.

“What we fear is the big changes that will lead to a new version with a new Greek letter,” he said.

A new variant may evade immunity better than Omicron, and scientists emphasize the importance of vaccines to reduce hospitalizations, deaths and emerging new forms.

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“Mutations are more common in severe and long-lasting COVID infections,” Martinez said. “Therefore, because vaccines prevent serious infections, they can also prevent the spread of new forms.”

All are forming a circle of protection around people too young to be vaccinated as expected.

“They will actually protect people who were unvaccinated because the virus cannot reach them because they are surrounded by a whole group of people, in which infection, and/or transmission after being infected is significantly reduced by the vaccine.” goes,” Evans said.

Canada has a high vaccination rate, but the World Health Organization continues to stress the importance of global vaccine coverage.

Although wealthy countries have been able to obtain an abundance of vaccines, it is a different story for many other regions. Ninety countries did not reach the target of vaccinating 40 percent of their population by the end of last year, and 36 of those countries have yet to vaccinate 10 percent of their population.

With files from Alexandra May Jones of CTVNews.ca

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