UP virtual conference to discuss ‘stealth’ omicron

| Written by Deina Blancaflor

The University of the Philippines (UP), in partnership with UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center and cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital (PGH), invites you to join the fight against COVID-19.

These past few weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been monitoring an Omicron sub-variant, BA.2, better known as “stealth” Omicron because of its genetic mutations that potentially make it harder to distinguish using PCR tests.

This sub-lineage of Omicron is now present in 57 nations, including the Philippines. While the WHO says that there is no indication of a change or increase in severity and transmissibility compared to the original, stealth Omicron is still quickly becoming the dominant variant in several countries as cases continue to rise.

While experts continue to research and monitor new developments every day, it is still essential to keep an eye out and make plans should another surge come our way. What does this all mean? What is the difference between “stealth” Omicron and other Omicron variants? How are our hospitals faring, and what is the update on the country’s vaccination and booster rollout?

This episode of UP’s “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series will be a Virtual International Conference, with speakers from the United Kingdom, Singapore, and the Philippines. Titled “Stealth’ Omicron Variant: What Every Frontliner Needs to Know,” the webinar will feature Dr. Martin Hibberd from the London School of Tropical Medicine, Dr. Hsu Li Yang, Associate Dean of the College of Medicine,  National University of Singapore, and Dr. Cynthia Saloma, Executive Director of the UP Philippine Genome Center (PGC). These experts will discuss this sub-variant and share what has been happening on-ground.

This Friday, February 18, 2022, the webinar will be from 12 pm to 2 pm. Register here and catch our weekly live tweets and streams via the UP System Twitter Account and TVUP’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

The “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series is the Philippines’ first and only frontline-focused medical webinar series. It pioneered the discussion, dissemination, and adoption of knowledge on COVID-19 treatment and management. Follow our accounts to stay connected with your credible online community.