Expert: “We do not know if Omicron is detected by rapid tests and self-diagnostics.”

Eleni Yamarelloe, professor emeritus of pathology and president of the Greek Society of Chemotherapy, claims that one in ten people infected with the Omicron strain is asymptomatic.

The professor expresses grave concern over the discovery of the new strain, stating that “it remains to be seen whether rapid tests detect the Omicron mutation.”

Confirming the human Omicron mutation is a different process, Ms Yamarellow said. “It’s not as easy as detecting the presence of the Delta strain,” says the expert.

“We know for sure that every two to three days the number of cases of the Omicron strain doubles,” the professor emphasizes on the ERT channel, adding: “We are concerned about the speed of its spread, contagiousness.”

Speaking of Omicron symptoms, which are similar to those of Delta and the common cold, Ms Yamarellow recommended molecular tests that accurately identify the Omicron strain.

Alas, all this is good, but these tests are not affordable for everyone, since their cost is 50-60 euros, in contrast to the “probably useless” ten-euro self and rapid test.

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