Omicron Symptoms Observed So Far Are ‘Mild’

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Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN on Sunday that “early signals on the severity of Covid-19 caused by the Omicron variant are ‘a bit encouraging‘, but it’s too soon to make a clear statement about whether it can cause severe disease”.

But we really got to be careful before we make any determinations that it is less severe or really doesn’t cause any severe illness comparable to Delta. But thus far, the signals are a bit encouraging regarding the severity. But again, you got to hold judgment until we get more experience.

– Dr. Anthony Fauci (source: CNN)

Dr Fauci added that “The question for us here in the United States, now that it is clearly here in at least 15 or more states and in about 40 countries, is: What is it going to be as it competes with a very dominant variant, Delta?”

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a news conference on Friday “there is ‘no real evidence … of an increase in severity‘ compared to previous variants of Covid-19.

Other countries including Singapore. Hong Kong, South Korea also reported that Omicron cases observed so far seems to be mild with symptoms like “sore throat, tiredness and cough”, CNN reports.

In The Jerusalem Post, Rosella Tercatin writes citing from a newly published study that though Omicron appears more contagious but less dangerous than the other variants.

We have to say this with a lot of caution, but if we look at the currently available information, there is reason to believe that the variant is spreading fast, but maybe it is not so dangerous.

– Prof. Dror Mevorach, a senior physician from Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center (source: The Jerusalem Post)

Agreeing to some experts’ view that “if Omicron is more infectious but milder, it could make corona more similar to the flu”, Prof. Mevorach said “it would really be good news for the world. I think that we have had indications of vaccinated people getting infected, but it appears that their disease is mild.”

Prof. Mevorach also reportedly expressed optimism on the booster shot protection. “What I have seen in immunological studies is that the booster really increases the antibodies, and I think it will give a longer-lasting immunity”.

In The Conversation, Suresh V. Kuchipudi, a Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Penn State offers virus evolutionary perspective that how Omicron might develop into a more contagious variant.

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