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Stop COVID Deaths Webinar #131 “UPDATES ON THE OMICRON SUBVARIANT XBB 1.5 (KRAKEN)”
January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The University of the Philippines in partnership with
UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center and in cooperation with
UP Philippine General Hospital
would like to invite you to join the Fight Against COVID-19!
Registration slots are limited to this SPECIAL EDITION of
the STOP C.O.V.I.D. DEATHS Webinar Series.
(Current COVID-19 problems; Other outbreaks; Viruses; Infections; Disasters)
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January 27, 2023 (Friday) 12nn
“UPDATES ON THE OMICRON SUBVARIANT XBB 1.5 (KRAKEN)”
DR. FRANCO B. FELIZARTA
Infectious Disease Specialist
DR. CYNTHIA P. SALOMA
Philippine Genome Center
Synthesis and Closing Remarks:
Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla
University of the Philippines Manila
January 27, 2023
Updates on the OMICRON Subvariant XBB 1.5 (Kraken)
In the news, a new COVID-19 Omicron subvariant XBB 1.5 has been reported to be rapidly spreading around the world and possibly becoming the dominant strain in the United States. Nicknamed ‘Kraken’ – after a terrifying multi-tentacled mythical sea monster – by someone who wanted the variant to be easily remembered — compared to letters and numbers. This went viral hence the street nickname. But can ‘street names’ incite panic and undue fear?
XBB 1.5 is a descendant of the variant XBB that swept Singapore. The World Health Organization claims that it is the most transmissible variant of Omicron so far. There is no evidence that it causes more severe disease. Are the vaccines effective? Are the signs and symptoms different? What are effective treatments and are these available in the Philippines?
In this week’s episode of STOP C.O.V.I.D. DEATHS, we take a closer look at Omicron subvariant XBB 1.5 with infectious disease expert Dr. Franco B. Felizarta and Philippine Genome Center Executive Director, Dr. Cynthia P. Saloma. Synthesis and Closing Remarks will be delivered by UP Manila Chancellor, Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla.
We will sort out the facts and discuss what our frontliners need to know about this new strain.
Join your credible on-line community and stay updated.
Together, we can Stop C.O.V.I.D. Deaths!