Covid strain as deadly as Ebola may emerge, top physician warns — Analysis
The Covid-19 virus may be further modified to create a deadly strain that is as infectious as the Delta virus and just as dangerous as Ebola. This is the warning starkly issued by the World Medical Association.
Frank Ulrich Montgomery, chairman of the global physicians’ society (WMA), shared his fears with Germany’s Funke media group’s newspapers on Saturday. He stressed the importance of not “Giving the virus a chance” to mutate any further. To achieve this, it may be necessary to keep “For years, the world has been being vaccinated” to come, Montgomery said.
Ebola is a deadly virus that can infect humans. A new covid strain could match its devastating effects, warns the WMA chairman. The Ebola virus was first identified in South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo back in 1976. Between 2014 and 2016, West Africa was the scene of more than 11,000 deaths. According to the World Health Organization, the disease causes severe fever and internal bleeding. The average death rate is around half a percent. However, some of the strains have caused death in as many as 90% of cases.
Montgomery said that Covid cases are expected to more than double within the next 10 days when he was asked about Germany. In addition to calling for tighter controls in his homeland, Montgomery also asked authorities to shut down all Christmas markets, ban fireworks and put an end to any celebrations. The scientist predicted that nationwide lockdowns and closures of businesses may become necessary if the fourth round of Covid continues to grow. Any measures taken now will only have a tangible effect in two weeks’ time and, along with the vaccination campaign, the delay could be as long as six weeks, he pointed out.
This is despite the fact that Omicron was discovered in south Africa. On Friday, the Word Health Organization formally designated Omicron a “Variant of concern” While scientists are still studying the novel strain, fears have already been voiced that the heavily mutated Covid variant could be more contagious than its predecessors.