Early Omicron Reports Say Illness May Be Less Severe
Early reports on the Omicron virus, a strand of Covid-19 virus, say that the illness is less severe than previous strains. While the virus is still highly contagious and spreads at a faster rate than ever, it may evolve to become less severe.
Covid-19 virus is spreading faster than ever
Researchers have found that the COVID-19 virus is spreading faster than previously thought, and have reported cases of the disease as early as December 2019. The COVID-19 virus is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and it has a much greater reach and infectious potential than previously thought. The researchers collected blood samples from 8,058 people across the United States in the spring and summer of 2020, asking them about their health and lifestyle.
It may evolve to be less virulent
Recent reports suggest that the omicron virus may evolve to be less virulent, compared to previous variations of the virus. Although the virus’s virulence is lower, it can still cause severe illness and even death, especially in immunocompromised individuals. Vaccination and earlier exposure to the virus, however, will help reduce the risks of severe illness in future surges.
It is contagious
Early reports of Omicron disease suggest the illness may be less severe than previously thought but that it is still highly contagious. This may be due to changes in the virus and high levels of immunity among human populations, which may have developed after vaccination or a previous infection. In any case, the virus poses a serious threat to humans.
It is more transmissible
While early reports indicate illness from Omicron is less severe than previous strains of the virus, scientists caution against placing too much stock in this information. It is still very early, and more study is needed to confirm the findings. Previous infections of the virus may have blunted the effect of this variant, but if the virus spreads faster than delta, then it could cause the same or even more severe symptoms.