Variant of Concern (VOC) Delta to Omicron, Transmissibility, Severity, Impact of Social Mobility - What will drive future trends and Optimizing our response

16 Dec 2021
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On Wednesday 15 December 2021, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Office for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Countries hosted a webinar on the Variant of Concern (VOC) Delta to Omicron, Transmissibility, Severity, Impact of Social Mobility - What will drive future trends and Optimizing our response.

The objectives were to:

  1. Discuss factors contributing to the increase in cases during and after the holiday season and prevention steps to reduce the spread.

  2. Provide information on the factors driving transmission of the new VOC Omicron and Delta SARS-CoV-2.

  3. Discuss the impact of social mobility and social mixing and importance of public health and social measures. 

  4. Strengthen the health systems and services for clinical management for patients with Severe Covid-19 cases.

  5. Advise all countries to reassess and revise national plans based on the current situation for the new year.

Panelists for the webinar were Dr. Yitades Gebre, PAHO/WHO Representative for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Countries, Dr. Prabhjot Singh,  PAHO Advisor, Health Surveillance and Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Maria Cecilia Acuna, PAHO Advisor, Health Systems and Services, and Ms. Martine Chase, PAHO Consultant.

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