Omicron Is Fast Moving, but Perhaps Less Severe, Early Reports Suggest

New York Times

By Lynsey Chutel, Richard Pérez-Peña and Emily Anthes
A vaccination site in Johannesburg, South Africa. Credit: Joao Silva/The New York Times

The Covid-19 virus is spreading faster than ever in South Africa, the country’s president said Monday, an indication of how the new Omicron variant is driving the pandemic, but there are early indications that Omicron may cause less serious illness than other forms of the virus.

Researchers at a major hospital complex in Pretoria reported that their patients with the coronavirus are much less sick than those they have treated before, and that other hospitals are seeing the same trends. In fact, they said, most of their infected patients were admitted for other reasons and have no Covid symptoms.

Publish : 2021-12-07 19:36:00

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