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Sick of covid-19 with the Omicron variant they are 50% to 70% less likely to require hospitalization, than those who deal with the Delta.
This is indicated by data revealed by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), which add to what has been said previously about the rapid spread of this variant, the easy evasion it has towards existing vaccines, but also that apparently produces milder disease than other mutations.
What’s more, a patient with Omicron will be between 31% and 45% less likely to require emergency medical care in a hospital, compared to someone who has fallen ill with the Delta variant, he adds.
However, this body adds that the analysis is “preliminary and very uncertain”, because very few Omicron patients have been hospitalized, and because most are younger.
The analysis “shows an encouraging early sign that people who contract the Omicron variant may have a relatively lower risk of hospitalization than those who contract other variants (…) Cases are currently very high in the UK, and even a relatively low proportion requiring hospitalization could result in significant numbers of people becoming seriously ill, ”adds Jenny Harries, UKHSA Executive Director.
For its part, an analysis by the covid-19 response team from Imperial College London indicates that patients with Omicron have 20% less likely to have to go to the hospital than with the Delta variant, Y 40% less likely to require hospitalization at least for one night.
For his part, Sajid Javid, British Health Secretary, believes that the latest data represents “Encouraging news”, although he stresses that “it is not yet very clear by how much this risk is reduced” compared to the Delta variant.
Another fact worth highlighting is the importance of protection provided by vaccines.
“A cautious optimism it is perhaps the best way to see this ”, considers for his part the biochemist of Vanderblit University, Manuel Ascano Jr.
Britain is currently focusing attention, for having its dominant variant in Ómicron and where cases have risen by more than 50% in just one week.
In United StatesAlthough hospitalizations have increased by around 40% since November 1, many of the people who have required hospitalization and have even died are patients who had not been vaccinated.
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