Some positive waves of news have been received claiming that the new variant is a little less deadly than the other variants of the coronavirus. A well-known professor at Oxford University named John Bell described the whole scenario by saying that Omicron might not be the deadliest chapter in the medical history of the UK.
What data did an Oxford University scientist describe regarding the Omicron Variant?
While reporting to the media, he said that we had quite a bad history regarding people’s medical issues in the past couple of years. Only talking about the UK, many people were admitted to the hospitals, and mostly they were not vaccinated. A vast number of cases so far transcribing into relatively low numbers of hospitalizations and particularly considering the medical data of the UK, John Bell described the situation by saying that on the 24th of December, omicron patients in the hospital were 366. On the 27th of December, Omicron hospital patients have gone up to 407. The precise figure was about 8200 people in hospitals diagnosed with Omicron so far. The number of officially diagnosed covered omicron cases is now up to 159 000 in the UK, an extra 45000 on the day.
Is Omicron less deadly as compared to other variants?
Why are omicron variant symptoms so similar to common cold symptoms?
Comparing the situations from the delta variant, people are relatively dying less in today’s scenario of the Omicron wave. The past couple of years portrayed the horrific image as thousands of people died, and according to John Bell, he believed this indeed has reduced, and it would not be termed as wrong if he claimed it as history. The gap between getting the first symptoms and getting hospitalized with Omicron in the UK is down to 10 days. So Omicron has got a shorter incubation period compared to the delta.
The small number of people hospitalized in the UK with Omicron are hospitalized more quickly than with Delta. It’s almost as if the whole thing is compressed a bit. Hence, it’s pretty encouraging news. We had been waiting for two or three weeks for people to get ill now; it looks like we only have to wait for ten days. He also made another statement claiming that the number of cases of the delta variant is reducing as the number of omicron cases increases. In other words, as was hoped by the scientists of the world, the Omicron is displacing the delta; this is excellent news.
What reports regarding Omicron variants have been received by other medical officials?
On the other hand, the UK health administration has also launched their data showing that a person suffering from Delta variant is more likely to attend the emergency section than the one suffering from Omicron. According to their data, the probability of Delta variant patients is around 50 -70 per cent, while the Omicron’s have only 31-45 per cent. Another well-known professor named Danny Altmann, currently present at Imperial College, London, also agreed with the statements of John Bell. He also termed the new variant as milder than the previous ones.