Immunologist John Bell: The course of covid after omicron seems less serious – Human – Science and technology

The course of COVID-19 after omicron infection “seems less severe” and high death rates are “a thing of the past”. This was said by immunologist John Bell, the British daily The Guardian reported on its website on Wednesday.

In an interview with the BBC, Bell recalled that the number of people admitted to hospitals with Britain in Britain had increased in recent weeks.

According to him, the course of the disease after the omicron variant “seems less serious and many people spend a relatively short time in the hospital”. Also, fewer patients need oxygen and the average length of hospital stay has been reduced to three days. “This is not the same disease we experienced a year ago,” he said.

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“The horrific scenes we saw a year ago, when intensive care units were full and many people died prematurely, are now a thing of the past,” said Bell, who works as a professor of medicine at Oxford University. He specializes in genetics immunology and is a member of the Vaccine Task Force set up by the British government in April 2020.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said last Thursday, December 23, that, according to data collected so far, the risk of hospitalization for omicron infection is up to 70 percent lower than for delta infection. The risk of placement in an intensive care unit is 31 to 45 percent lower. However, these figures were only preliminary, CNBC notes.

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Some health professionals point to a possible increase in cases and an overload of the health system.

Danny Altmann, a professor of immunology at Imperial College London, told CNBC that as the number of cases increased, the number of people infected requiring hospitalization could double or triple in the UK. According to him, this may occur even if the “milder” effect of omicron is confirmed compared to other variants.


Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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