It may be tempting to treat Omicron as the “mild” cousin of Covid’s predecessors, but a comparison reveals the widespread lie that so many swallow.
It is the phrase that has been heard so regularly since the last version of Covid-19 appeared, which we consider to be the gospel.
But the truth about the impact of Omicron vs Delta is much less black and white.
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Statistics from Johns Hopkins University and the World Health Organization show that there are more daily deaths attributed to Covid-19 in the United States now than at any time since the pandemic began in late 2019, with the exception of two months in last winter.
The only time daily deaths were highest in the US was when they reached a record 4000+ last January.
What drives this number? High case record on the back of the Omicron transmissibility.
Yes, for many the Omicron is milder. But for others, the high-transmission variant is harder to avoid and offers just as much puncture.
Oncologist from the Mayo Clinic, Professor Vincent Rajkumar, shared the data on Sunday.
“Reality bites,” he wrote.
“Cases in the US are declining, but they are still higher than in previous waves. Except for 2 months last year, daily deaths in the US are higher than at any other time during the pandemic. Be patient. Stay safe. “
Harvard-based epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding wrote: “It’s not over – COVID deaths from the so-called ‘mild’ Omicron wave have now surpassed both the 2020 spring and 2021 Delta waves and are still warm in the tail chasing the wave of last winter Top COVID-19. Have you been strengthened yet? “
The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, issued a similar warning late last month regarding the underestimation of the Omicron risk.
“Omicron may be less serious – on average, of course – but to say it is a mild illness is misleading, hurts the overall response and costs more lives,” he told the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Make no mistake, Omicron causes hospitalization and death, and even the most serious cases flood health facilities.
“The virus is circulating very strongly with many more vulnerable.”
Dr Norman Swan of Australia agreed, telling The Project in January that Omicron was not as “gentle” as many thought.
“There is a myth that this is a mild virus. You hear it all the time from politicians. “It’s not a mild virus.” he said.
“They are comparable to Delta. Now, Delta was an infectious virus, yes, it is less contagious than Delta, but if you compare it to Wuhan virus, it is just as contagious as that. That is why we see deaths.
“Two things about Omicron. One is that natural infection with Omicron does not seem to provide anything like the protection provided by a vaccine, unlikely to protect against the next variant, and they use this word endemic as if they were happy days when it becomes endemic.
“All the endemic means are that an infection is somewhere in the world that circulates and never disappears. The smallpox was endemic. No one says it’s a mild illness. Malaria is endemic in many countries. “The flu is endemic and is not a harmless disease. Endemic does not think it is harmless. This is an epidemic virus. “I’m sorry to say that, it’s not the whole Red Rover and we have to learn lessons and let it tear up has caused financial damage and unnecessary deaths.”
While the US has exceeded 900,000 deaths from Covid-19 this week, a very different story is set in Hong Kong.
The city where strict virus control measures kept Covid-19 away, had to push harder than ever to keep Covid zero strategy alive. The culprit is the highly contagious Omicron variant.
Officials were trying this week to increase test capacity and warned that tightening restrictions could be needed to reduce case numbers.
Like mainland China and much of East Asia, Hong Kong has long pursued a strategy of fighting the virus through contact detection, targeted restrictions, and long-term quarantine.
And as much of the world has chosen to open up and live with the Covid-19, the city has dug into its feet, with Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam insisting it is still committed to achieving the “zero Covid” yet and when infections increase.
As of Saturday, there were 351 confirmed cases, the highest number in Hong Kong since the pandemic began, with 161 cases either undetectable or pending.
“Based on the current rate of increase in cases, we estimate that the (medical isolation) facilities will soon not be able to quarantine all patients,” health chief Sophia Chan told reporters.
Chan urged Hong Kong residents to stay home to slow the spread of the virus, though he said sewage analysis had revealed that the virus had already been found in much of the city.
Health officials also said they would relax the rules, which have seen thousands of close contacts of infected people being held in government facilities, suggesting they may be quarantined at home depending on the level of risk.
Last month, authorities shut down thousands of residents of a public residence following a sporadic outcry, criticizing the city’s dense population for making home quarantine impossible.
The increase in cases in Hong Kong occurred on the fifth day of the Lunar New Year holidays, during which the government warned not to gather families for celebrations.
City chief Lam said earlier that authorities could further strengthen virus control measures next week.
Hong Kong has recorded more than 15,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 213 deaths.
More than 5.7 million people have died since the pandemic began.
The US has recorded the most deaths from Covid with 902,266, followed by Brazil with 631,802, India with 501,979 and Russia with 335,414.
Given the excessive mortality associated with Covid-19, the WHO estimates that the total death toll could be two to three times higher.
– with AFP
Originally published as The professor’s shocking comparison between Omicron and Delta
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