Letter to the Editor
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World J Clin Cases. Nov 16, 2022; 10(32): 12062-12065
Published online Nov 16, 2022. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v10.i32.12062
Omicron targets upper airways in pediatrics, elderly and unvaccinated population
Wassan Nori, Muna Abdul Ghani Zghair
Wassan Nori, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad 10052, Al Saydyia, Iraq
Muna Abdul Ghani Zghair, Department of Radiology, Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad 10052, Hay Al jammea, Iraq
Author contributions: Nori W designed the research, Ghani Zghair MA reviewed data; Nori W wrote and revised the letter; the authors read and agreed on the final version of the manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest statement: All the authors declare that we have no conflict of interest.
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Corresponding author: Wassan Nori, PhD, Academic Editor, Academic Research, Senior Researcher, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mustansiriyah University, Al Amin, Baghdad 10052, Al Saydyia, Iraq. dr.wassan76@uomustansiriyah.edu.iq
Received: September 19, 2022
Peer-review started: September 19, 2022
First decision: October 12, 2022
Revised: October 12, 2022
Accepted: October 19, 2022
Article in press: October 19, 2022
Published online: November 16, 2022
Core Tip

Core Tip: Omicron, a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 variant, showed a special predilection for the upper airways. It caused a clinically different scenario, affecting pediatrics as a croup-like syndrome and urgent presentation in adults by causing alarming symptoms that resemble epiglottitis. Exponential Omicron infectivity and spread are higher than an earlier variant, yet it has lower death rates. High-risk groups for having severe forms of infection were the elderly and the unvaccinated population, which reinforces the importance of the vaccine in breaking the disease chain together with self-protective techniques such as masking and safe social separation that cannot be overlooked.