Despite the doom-and-gloom being pushed by the media, medical establishment, and politicians trying to keep people afraid over the Omicron variant, it is looking increasingly likely that the latest version of coronavirus is not as bad as originally thought. From Bloomberg:
“South Africans contracting Covid-19 in the current fourth wave of infections are 80% less likely to be hospitalized if they catch the omicron variant, compared with other strains, according to a study released by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.
Once admitted to the hospital, the risk of severe disease doesn’t differ from other variants, the authors led by scientists Nicole Walter and Cheryl Cohen said.
Compared to delta infections in South Africa between April and November, omicron infections are associated with a 70% lower risk of severe disease, they said. The omicron data was collected for the two months through November.”
Though this is early and the data can change, for now this is fantastic news. Omicron is a quick traveling but unserious form of the coronavirus. It has replaced the Delta variant and will probably be the version of the contagion for sometime. Consequently, this would be a good way to spread natural immunity that would, in turn, change the outcome of the pandemic since it is not serious.