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WHO adviser says winter is critical to contain COVID

Studies show Asia-Pacific region has lower antibody rate than Europe, U.S.

WHO senior advisor Nahoko Shindo on containing the omicron variant: "Wear a mask, avoid crowds, ventilate or combine all of them."

TOKYO -- The next few months during winter in the northern hemisphere will be critical for Asia to curb COVID, according to a senior adviser to the World Health Organization, as more countries and economies reopen borders.

"The key to containing the pandemic is how to prevent serious illness this winter from the increase in infections that we have predicted from border reopenings," Nahoko Shindo, senior adviser for the WHO Health Emergencies Program, told Nikkei Asia in an interview on Tuesday.

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