COVID: The reasons why it is not a good idea to get Omicron on purpose

Contagiarse de la variante Ómicron de COVID en este momento puede no ser una buena idea.

Although it is good news that Ómicron causes milder symptoms than previous variants of COVID, the problem is that some people are downplaying a disease that has killed more than five million people in the world. Experts explain the reasons why it is not a good idea to get Omicron on purpose, under the false reasoning that doing so will end the pandemic or our concerns about the disease.

The case of an Australian bride who hugged men and women at a club in order to contract COVID so that the disease “would not ruin” her wedding has drawn international attention. And this trend is being promoted on social networks. But catching COVID right now could be a serious mistake. Doctors explain why.

Omicron is not a strong flu

Although the symptoms of Ómicron can easily be confused with the flu, going through Omicron and having the flu is not the same. “You would have to be crazy to try to infect yourself with this. It’s like playing with dynamite,” Dr. Robert Murphy, director of the Harvey Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told CNN. “It is not a strong flu, it is a disease that can be fatal,” he added.

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Ómicron can affect vaccinated and unvaccinated people, but a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States found that those vaccinated over 65 years of age, people with weak immune systems or with underlying diseases, have a higher risk of suffering from the disease serious, but can also occur in healthy people.

children are vulnerable

According to the CDC, only 23% of children between the ages of 5 and 11 have received the COVID-19 vaccine, and 54% of those between the ages of 12 and 17. With this level of vaccination, children are vulnerable to serious illness when infected with Omicron. The figures are clear in this regard: in this wave of the pandemic, hospitalizations of children have exceeded previous records.

Prolonged COVID exists

The fact of that the symptoms of Omicron are not apparently as severe as with other variants, does not mean that they do not have long-term consequences. More than 1.5 million people in the US have lost their sense of smell from COVID and will likely never get it back.

Others experience weakness, dizziness, mental confusion, pain, trouble sleeping, damage to their lungs, kidneys, heart, and mental health months after infection. Still all the consequences of COVID and its variants on long-term health are unknown.

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Health systems are overwhelmed

Even when Omicron causes mild symptoms, some people still require hospitalization. and, the more infected people there are, the greater the probability that a large number of them will reach the hospital. Overwhelmed health systems is a problem that not only affects those with COVID, but also people who require emergency or regular medical attention, and who must wait to obtain an appointment with medical personnel or to receive medication.

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