Omicron Is Not A Mild Variant, Warns Harvard Epidemiologists

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  • The experts emphasize the importance of stopping considering the new South African variant as slight. 
  • For the experts, what made the new variant not have such an impact on hospitalizations is that a large part of the world was immunized with the vaccines and many others had recently been infected.
  • although the symptoms are not as strong as in other variants, they have the characteristic of being able to last up to six months inside the body.

An epidemiologist at Harvard cautioned that omicron is not a mild variant as it seems.

Cautioning about the omicron to others

An epidemiologist at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, William Hanage, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, Roby Bhattacharyya, cautioned that the Omicron variant is not as mild as it seems. This information was revealed in an article shared by the New England Journal of Medicine.

There the experts emphasise the importance of stopping considering the new South African variant as slight. Since appearing in November last year in Botswana and South Africa, Omicron has been considerably more contagious, coming to represent a new wave around the world.

Low hospitalization rates

Despite the fact that infections rose exponentially and hospitalizations remained low, the World Health Organisation considers it highly dangerous. For the experts, what made the new variant not have such an impact on hospitalizations is that a large part of the world was immunized with the vaccines and many others had recently been infected.

Hanage stressed that, although the symptoms are not as strong as in other variants, they have the characteristic of being able to last up to six months inside the body. For this to continue, she added, it is essential that the largest number of the population is vaccinated with at least two doses.

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Source: Then24

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