Good news again from Covid-19 omicron variant.
Deciding factor behind Omicron viruses
A recent study by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases in South Africa found that people who had not been vaccinated; and were exposed to the Omicron virus were less likely to fall seriously ill, be hospitalized, and die.
This study compared 11,609 patients from the first three waves of Covid-19 with 5,144 patients who contracted the Omicron variant. From this comparison, it was found that only 8 percent of patients were hospitalized or died within 14 days after testing positive for the Omicron variant of Covid compared to the previous variants which reached 16.5 percent.
“After adjusting for age, sex, comorbidities and district, there was a substantially reduced risk of death in wave four compared to wave three,” the study said.
In addition, the study also found there was an approximately 25 percent reduction in the percentage of hospitalizations or deaths from the Omicron variant compared to the Delta variant.
Other studies say, the risk of this smaller Omicron variant is due to the characteristics of the virus itself.
“In the Omicron wave of variants, severe Covid-19 outcomes were reduced in large part due to the protection; afforded by previous infection or vaccination. But intrinsically reduced virulence could lead to an approximately 25 percent reduced risk of severe hospitalization; or death compared to Delta,” said Delta. researcher.
These studies are also supported by several studies from the United States. Which found that the Omicron variant was 90 percent less likely to kill those infected with the Omicron virus.
Spokesperson for the Covid-19 Handling Task Force, Wiku Adisasmito, asked the public to remain careful with the Omicron variant. With its high rate in transferal abilities of the viruses; luckily, the fatalities is not as high.
“Therefore, I urge the public to temporarily postpone overseas travel, especially to countries where [Omicron] cases are on the rise, except in urgent circumstances and in limited numbers,” he said.