21. January 2022

Omicron maybe ‘1st ray of light’ against Covid: UK scientist


Zee News


Omicron might be an indicator that folks can stay with Covid as an endemic illness.

London: The emergence of the extremely transmissible Omicron variant might be “first ray of light” that sooner or later there could also be a much less extreme coronavirus variant that’s just like the widespread chilly, in line with a UK scientist. According to Dr Mike Tildesley, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (Spi-M) and a University of Warwick professor, Omicron might be an indicator that folks can stay with Covid as an endemic illness, the Guardian reported. But as Covid circumstances continued to rise within the UK and hospitalisations at their highest in nearly a yr, he mentioned “we’re not quite there yet”. “The thing that might happen in the future is you may see the emergence of a new variant that is less severe, and ultimately, in the long term, what happens is Covid becomes endemic and you have a less severe version. It’s very similar to the common cold that we’ve lived with for many years,” he was quoted as saying to Times Radio on Saturday. “We’re not quite there yet, but possibly Omicron is the first ray of light there that suggests that may happen in the longer term. It is, of course, much more transmissible than Delta was, which is concerning, but much less severe.” A complete of 18,454 folks have been in UK hospitals with Covid on January 6, in line with authorities figures. This marks a 40 p.c week-on-week rise and the very best quantity since February 18. “On the slightly more positive side, so it doesn’t sound all doom and gloom, what we are seeing from hospital admissions is that stays in hospital do appear to be on average shorter, which is good news, symptoms appear to be a little bit milder, so this is what we are seeing consistently with the Omicron variant,” Tildesley mentioned. Meanwhile, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has suggested against giving a second booster, or a fourth dose, of the vaccine to care residence residents and other people aged 80-plus even after figures confirmed it was 90 p.c efficient at stopping hospital admission. Instead, specialists wish to prioritise the rollout of the primary booster dose and encourage those that are nonetheless unvaccinated to have first and second doses.

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