Former FDA Chief is Betting That Omicron Is a “Milder Strain” of COVID, But There’s a Catch

Former FDA Chief is Betting That Omicron Is a “Milder Strain” of COVID, But There’s a Catch
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The COVID pandemic seems far from over, even now, as we’ve just entered the new year. 2022 seems to have a lot in store for us, but unfortunately, it won’t get us rid of the coronavirus pandemic as things go. But let’s hope we’re wrong.

The Omicron variant of COVID is known to be more infectious than the other strains, and it has already become dominant in some countries. The USA is one of them, where Omicron is the root for another massive surge in cases.

But even if Omicron spreads significantly faster than other strains, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it causes more severe disease, nor does it increase the death risk of those who get infected with COVID.

Omicron might be a milder COVID strain, but still dangerous for children

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According to CBSNews.com, former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb brings us some good news and bad news about Omicron. Speaking for “Face the Nation” and quoted by the publication, the doctor said:

There’s a very clear, as I said, decoupling between cases and hospitalizations and does appear now based on a lot of experimental evidence that we’ve gotten just in the last two weeks, that this is a milder form of the coronavirus appears to be a more of an upper airway disease and a lower airway disease that’s good for most Americans,

The one group that may be a problem is very young kids, very young children, toddlers who have trouble with upper airway infections, and you’re in fact seeing more croup-like infections and bronchiolitis in New York City among children.

The statements of the former FDA chief are indeed encouraging, although this doesn’t mean that we can take Omicron lightly. Another doctor, Mr. James Phillips, reveals that the current surge of COVID patients from the USA is unprecedented.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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