Omicron 2nd most contagious virus known to mankind – US doctor — Analysis
According to the Cleveland infection control doctor who warned about the changing epidemiological environment, the Omicron version of Covid-19 was the most contagious.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Claudia Hoyen, co-director of infection control for University Hospitals, said the Omicron strain of Covid-19 was spreading like “Wildfire” across Northeast Ohio, noting that the virus was now one of the most contagious on the planet.
“The thing to know about this variant is that it is so much more contagious,”Elle stated and further added that “it is the second-most contagious virus on the planet currently. And so it’s just very important for people to understand that we are in a much different position than we actually even were two weeks ago.”
Measles is the most deadly disease. The widespread vaccination campaign has helped to bring the virus under control in large part of the West.
Hoyen stated that Omicron’s variant appears to be increasing in size every 2 to 3 days. Therefore, Northeast Ohio medical personnel were working under the assumption that this strain is now or soon will account for most Covid-19 patients in the area.
Omicron is responsible for 73% in new Covid-19 cases within the US, according to Omicron’s Monday data. This is a huge increase from the 13% reported last week.
Hoyen was among several medical experts who spoke at the conference. He warned that hospitals were becoming overwhelmed and overcrowded by the Omicron and Delta variants of infection.
The infectious disease expert noted that while there’s some suggestion that Omicron might be less virulent, this has yet to be proven. Healthcare professionals should treat Omicron as though it were as fatal as any other variant.