When will the COVID pandemic end? How dangerous is the new Omicron variant? What region of the Earth will be the next epicenter of the pandemic? While humanity needs answers to all of these questions, a new analysis of the UK Health Security Agency brings us some good news about the Omicron strain.
According to the BBC, a new study reveals that people who get infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus are much less likely to develop an illness that requires hospitalization.
50%-70% fewer chances of hospitalization for Omicron patients
The new study shows that the odds for patients who deal with the Omicron variant of COVID to get hospitalized are 50% to 70% lower compared to those who get infected with previous variants of the coronavirus.
The new report also shows that people dealing with the Omicron variant of COVID have from 31% to 45% lower chances to go to A&E.
Although Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, believes the early data is promising. He also declared, as quoted by the BBC:
Cases of the variant continue to rise at an extraordinary rate – already surpassing the record daily number in the pandemic. Hospital admissions are increasing, and we cannot risk the NHS being overwhelmed.
Dr. Jenny Harries, who is the chief executive of the UKHSA, explained as cited by the same source:
Cases are currently very high in the UK, and even a relatively low proportion requiring hospitalisation could result in a significant number of people becoming seriously ill.
However, the UK Health Security Agency admits that the danger of a large number of people being hospitalized after infection with the Omicron variant still exists.
It seems that once again, the pandemic is far from its end.