Health agency reveals hospitalization risk from Omicron — Analysis

New UK research shows that Omicron has a two-thirds less chance of you being admitted to the hospital.

According to the UK Health Security Agency, the Omicron version of Covid-19 has a lower risk of hospitalization than its Delta counterpart. Delta is at a one-third risk according to the latest data.

Susan Hopkins (UKHSA’s chief medical advisor) stated that Omicron had been analyzed and was now positive. However, high virus levels would place healthcare in danger.  

A study was done in collaboration with the Cambridge University MRC Biostatistics Unit. It analyzed 528,176 Omicron and 573,012 Delta cases. Data suggests Omicron-infected people are 2/3 less likely than Delta patients to be admitted to hospital. 

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Although the new strain caused another round of Covid-19 infection over Christmas, some statistics are still encouraging. Although the number of people who required mechanical ventilation was stable throughout December, data indicates that there are still vaccines available to fight this virus.

“It remains too early to draw any definitive conclusions on hospital severity, and the increased transmissibility of Omicron and the rising cases in the over 60s population in England means it remains highly likely that there will be significant pressure on the NHS in coming weeks,” Hopkins said.

It is clear that Omicron Covid strains are milder than previously reported.

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