South Africa: Omicron mutation causes less serious disease

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New South African study, combined with data on hospitalizations and deaths from the fourth wave of the covid-19 epidemic in South Africa due in large part to the mutant strain Ομικρον of coronavirus, show that the risk of serious disease from this is lower than before.
“In South Africa this is the epidemiological situation: the Ομικρον “He behaves in a way that is less serious,” said the professor Cheryl Cohen of National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), one of the authors of the new research.

“In combination with our data, this implies a positive image of reduced severity Ομικρον “compared to other variants,” Cohen said at a news conference with a team of NICD scientists.

In the meantime, her colleague, Dr. Waasila Jasat, noted that data on covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the current wave of the epidemic in South Africa seem to suggest that the strain Ομικρον causes less serious disease, but stressed that more work needs to be done for scientists to understand why.

“The lower risk or lower rates of serious illness seen in the fourth wave may be due to a number of factors, including the level of immunity from the vaccinated or the sick, or may be due to its inherent infectivity. Ομικρον“, Jasat added.

“But we need more research to be able to find out these things,” he concluded.

Sources: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ, Reuters

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