According to a brand new study, the risk of ending up in the intensive care unit, or worse, dying, from the new Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2, which is what causes the COVID-19 illness, is 83 percent less compared to the previous Delta strain.
Also, the risk of being put in the hospital or dying from Omicron is 65 percent less, the Canadian study revealed.
Rejoice! This is great news!
Celebrate while you can before CNN or MSNBC have their next worship service for Anthony “Dr. Doom” Fauci, where they eagerly await his proclamation to dismantle any sort of good that could be inferred by this new study.
Oh. Wait. Nevermind.
The researchers themselves will rain on your parade a bit by warning that, “While severity is likely to be reduced, the absolute number of hospitalizations and impact on the healthcare system may nevertheless be significant due to the increased transmissibility of Omicron.”
“Nevertheless, Omicron appears to demonstrate lower disease severity for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. While severity is likely to be reduced, the absolute number of hospitalizations and impact on the healthcare system is likely to be significant due to the large number of Omicron infections,” the study goes on to proclaim.
The Canadian study mirrors findings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rate of hospitalizations of Americans with COVID-19 has dropped 50% amid the new Omicron variant compared to record highs seen a year ago, new CDC data shows.
Even though the rate of cases has has more than tripled in since Omicron emerged around Thanksgiving — earlier this week there were more than 1 million new cases diagnosed on a single day — just 3% of people with the virus are being admitted in hospitals, data from the CDC shows.
That rate is less than half the 6.5% of cases that needed hospitalization exactly a year ago, when the average daily case count was about 250,000, the data shows. Deaths from the virus are less than a third of what was recorded last January at about 1,200 per day, far fewer than the record high of 3,400 a year ago, CDC data shows.
The Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 now accounts for nearly every new case of the virus blanketing the U.S., according to the CDC.
Omicron currently represents 95.4 percent of sequenced COVID cases that occurred during the week which ended on New Year’s Day, while the previous strain, Delta, only made up 4.6 percent of sequenced cases, according to information from the CDC.