How mild is Omicron? | MCU Times


How mild is Omicron?
Recent studies suggest that the Omicron variant does not affect the lungs. Stock / file

The majority of health experts have so far described the Omicron offspring of coronavirus as “mild”, with studies suggesting that the variant does not affect the lungs as the other variants did.

A large-scale study conducted in South Africa, the country that first warned the world about the new variant, finds that the fourth wave of coronavirus in the country, powered by Omicron, has seen fewer hospitalizations and respiratory diagnoses.

The study further noted that there was also a decrease in severity and mortality compared to previous waves of the virus in South Africa.

But does that mean there is nothing to worry about?

How “mild” is mild really?

Neil Lewis, a behavioral scientist at Cornell University, told Atlantic Ocean that the word “mild” is a “smooth and harmful term” that “does not mean what people think it means.”

In the same article, Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist knows Yale University, warned against taking the variant seriously.

Iwasaki was concerned about the number of prolonged Covid-19 cases that may arise from the new variant. Adding that what may immediately seem like an asymptomatic illness can lead to some people being bedridden and unable to work for several months.

“There’s nothing mild about it,” she added.

The article further argues that calling a variant “less of a danger” does not mean that there is no danger at all.

The World Health Organization also agrees.

At a press conference this week, Dr Tedro’s Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO, said that although Omicron is less serious than Delta, it is still a “dangerous virus”, especially for those who are unvaccinated.

He added that a large number of people who have ended up in hospital have been vaccinated against coronavirus, and if transmission was not restricted, a new variant could emerge that could be even more transmissible and deadly than Omicron.

By January 4, Pakistan had fully immunized 36% of its population and 47% of the eligible population, that is, over the age of 12, according to data from the National Command and Operations Center.

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