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Omicron & Other Covid-19 Variants

The Pandemic Prevention Institute is working closely with a global network of laboratories, non-profit organizations, governments, international organizations, and private companies to strengthen global surveillance capability and provide actionable insights that can protect health and well-being as we learn more about Omicron and other Covid-19 variants.

This page contains resources related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The situation with Omicron and the broader pandemic is rapidly evolving and information is likely to change. Check with appropriate authorities, such as the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, before making medical, travel, public health, or other decisions.


Omicron Situation Updates

We are sharing daily updates on what’s known, unknown, and what we’re watching on Omicron and Covid-19 more broadly via Twitter.

Follow @PPI_Insights for the latest

Tracking Global Omicron Data

We’re tracking how many confirmed Omicron cases, either through news, official reports, or through virus sequences shared via the GISAID community, have been reported. Though the world is focused on this new variant of concern, Covid-19, in general, is surging globally, and given that only a fraction of cases are sequenced, we need to keep track of all forms of the virus. Our detailed methodology will be released here soon.

Omicron and
Covid-19 Cases

Red bubbles represent the number of confirmed Omicron cases by country. Shading indicates the population-adjusted number of Covid-19 cases reported in the past 7 days.

While Omicron hasn’t yet been detected in all countries, Covid-19 is still surging globally.

What You Can Do

Although Omicron is a new variant of concern, the same techniques that countries and people use to protect themselves from Covid-19 still work:

  • Get fully vaccinated;
  • Get tested;
  • Sign up for contact tracing;
  • Wear a high quality mask;
  • Socially distance;
  • Maximize ventilation.

In addition to ensuring equitable testing, treatment, and vaccinations globally, countries can contribute to a collective response by accelerating surveillance, sequencing of positive cases, and timely sharing of data through GISAID and other databases.

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