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British Immunologist on Omigran: This is not the same disease we experienced a year ago

British Immunologist on Omigran: This is not the same disease we experienced a year ago

30. 12. 2021 08:47 | London / Tasr

Horror scenes, when many people died prematurely, are now a thing of the past.

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The course of the disease COVID-19 After infection with the Omigron variant, it was “less visible” and higher mortality rates were “a thing of the past”. This was stated by immunologist John Bell, the British daily The Guardian reported on its website on Wednesday.

In an interview with the BBC, Bell recalled that the number of people admitted to UK hospitals in the UK had increased in recent weeks. According to him, the course of the disease after the Omigran variant “seems to be less and many people in the hospital spend a relatively short time”. Furthermore, fewer patients require oxygen and the average hospital stay is reduced to three days. “It was not the same disease we experienced a year ago,” he said.

Bell, a professor of medicine at the University of Oxford, said: “One year ago, when intensive care units were overflowing and many people died prematurely, the horrific scenes we witnessed were now a thing of the past. Is.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said last Thursday, December 23, that according to data collected so far, the risk of hospital admission for omigran infection is up to 70 percent lower than for delta infections. The risk of being placed in the intensive care unit is 31 to 45 percent lower. However, these figures are only preliminary, CNBC references.

Some health professionals point to a possible increase in cases and greater burdens on the health system. Danny Altman, a professor of immunology at Imperial College London, told CNBC that the number of victims admitted to hospital could double or even triple in the UK as the number of cases increased. According to him, this can happen even if the “moderate” effect of omigran is confirmed compared to other types.

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