HomeTopicsCoronavirus NewsThe Omicron Variant Surge, by Dr. Terrence Baker

The Omicron Variant Surge, by Dr. Terrence Baker

It’s been less than four weeks since the discovery of a coronavirus variation with a lot of mutations in southern Africa. Since then, Omicron cases have been recorded in dozens of countries throughout the world, including a concerning number of illnesses in persons who have either been vaccinated or have previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2. Early results point to a ray of optimism. According to reports from South Africa, Omicron infections result in a lower rate of hospitalization than infections produced by the Delta variety, which is now responsible for the majority of SARS-CoV-2 infections worldwide. The South African commercial health insurance Discovery Health in Johannesburg revealed on December 14 that those infected with Omicron had a 29 percent lower chance of hospitalization than people infected with a previous variation. Even if the risk of severe sickness or death is low, a quickly spreading variation could put a strain on healthcare systems.

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