The novel variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, continues to make waves in the media all over the world these days. Check out the latest reports coming from The Guardian.
According to the prestigious publication, Omicron is “not the same disease we were seeing a year ago” and high Covid death rates in the UK are “now history”, a leading immunologist has recently revealed.
Omicron continues spreading
Sir John Bell is a regius professor of medicine at Oxford University and the government’s life sciences adviser, said that although hospital admissions managed to surge in recent weeks as Omicron continues to spread through the population, the disease “appears to be less severe and many people spend a relatively short time in hospital”. The same publication also notes that there are fewer patients who need high-flow oxygen and the average length of stay is down to three days.
It’s been also revealed that there are a few experts who have criticized the government’s decision not to introduce further Covid restrictions in England before New Year’s Eve.
“They have expressed concern that while the Omicron variant appears to be milder, it is highly transmissible, meaning hospital numbers and deaths could rise rapidly without intervention.”
The NHS Providers chief executive, Chris Hopson, said that it’s not quite clear what would happen when infection rates in older people started to rise. Check out what he told BBC Breakfast:
“We’ve had a lot of intergenerational mixing over Christmas, so we all are still waiting to see, are we going to see a significant number of increases in terms of the number of patients coming into hospital with serious Omicron-related disease.”
Omicron symptoms are beyond mild
The symptoms really seem to be similar to other coronavirus variants. Check out the top five symptoms.
Fatigue (either mild or severe).
Looking at all this data, it’s pretty unbelievable to let the fact that lots of countries are imposing lockdowns due to this covid variant sink in.