The world is being hit by a wave of Omicron. Researchers, government officials and for sure, all of us too, are wrestling with how it affects our lives.
Omicron: The Good
The good new is that Omicron is less serious than Delta.
What this means is that if you get Omicron, then you are less inclined to turn out to be genuinely sick than with past variations.
Studies from around the world are painting a fairly uniform conclusion: Omicron is milder than the Delta variation, with a 30% to 70% lower chance of individuals who are infected requiring a hospital stay.
Omicron can cause cold level manifestations like a sensitive throat, runny nose and a migraine, however that doesn’t mean it will be gentle for everybody and some will in any case be genuinely sick.
Changes to the infection appear to have made it less hazardous, yet a large portion of the decreased seriousness is down to resistance because of vaccine uptake and the fact that so many have already had Covid.
They are being given to individuals who are at high danger from Covid, including malignant growth patients and individuals who have had an organ relocate.
Molnupiravir is an anti viral medication that upsets Omicron’s capacity to repeat inside our bodies and cuts clinic confirmation by 30%. Sotrovimab is an immunisation booster that attaches to the infection and cuts medical clinic visits by 79%.
Both stifle the infection which delays for the resistant framework to respond. So, that’s the good news…
Omicron: The Bad
The bad news is, Omicron is spreading exceptionally quick.
There is a real fear that Omicron could inundate hospitals and overwhelm the NHS.
Whilst it is true that Omicron is half as liable to land you in emergency clinic, but, if you factor in that double the amount will get it, then the hospitalisations will be roughly the same totals.
The UK has record levels of Covid with those testing positive coming to almost 120,000 – and this is a probably not an accurate picture of what is truly happening as not every person gets a test and individuals who get it at least a time or two are excluded from the figures…therefore, the figures could be so much higher.
Omicron: The Ugly
Most of the time, what turns out to be the ugliest part is that which comes to light later on. As yet, we don’t know the effect that the new variant will have on the elderly.
Up until now, Covid has been particularly dangerous for the elderly in the community. However, in the UK, a large portion of the Omicron cases and individuals winding up in emergency clinic are younger than 40 so we don’t know without a doubt what will happen when it sweeps through elderly folk.
The sheer volume of individuals getting Omicron is likewise having a massive effect on specialists, medical caretakers and the remainder of the NHS labor force as infections among their numbers force many into isolation too.
Almost 19,000 NHS staff were off with Covid on 19 December, which is 54% higher than the prior week.
So, there we have it..the state of play with the Omicron variant. Some good news, some bad news…and some downright ugly news.