The WHO assessed the danger of the strain of coronavirus “iota”
The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that the iota strain of coronavirus does not pose a serious threat. This was stated by the expert of the organization Maria van Kerkhove, reports TASS.
According to her, this mutation was isolated in November 2020, and in March 2021 it was added to the list of options of interest.
The Iota strain is present mainly in the United States, where 27,000 cases have been identified. It is noted that now the number of cases of this type of virus in the States is decreasing.
“We have come to the conclusion that this option is not more dangerous,” said van Kerkhove and added that the delta strain is much more dangerous than iota.
Earlier, a group of American scientists, citing their research, reported that this type of SARS-CoV-2 can increase the death rate from COVID-19 by 62-82% among the elderly.
Note that there are no cases of infection with the iota coronavirus strain in Russia.