Omicron is milder than Delta, the leaked British government survey shows

Omicron appears to be a milder version of COVID-19 than the Delta variant, according to a leaked study by the British government.

The UK Health Security Agency – the US equivalent of the Centers for Disease Control – found that those who get sick with Omicron are less likely to get seriously ill compared to those who get the Delta variant, according to data obtained by Politico.

The real-world early data, which is expected to be released before Christmas, showed that Omicron is likely to cause a mild illness with less severe symptoms in most people.

This is probably due to the large number of people who have been vaccinated and previously infected, as well as the fact that Omicron is simply naturally milder than other coronavirus variants.

However, the UK Health Agency warned that the data showed that Omicron’s mildness was not enough to prevent a large number of hospitalizations.

The UK Health Safety Agency has found that those infected with it are less likely to become seriously ill compared to those who get the Delta variant.
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People are waiting in line for the COVID-19 test at a mobile test site in Times Square, New York on December 20, 2021.
People are waiting in line for the COVID-19 test at a mobile test site in Times Square, New York on December 20, 2021.
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Those who become seriously ill with Omicron are still at risk of hospitalization and death, the data show.

But scientists also found that a booster dose of the vaccine significantly reduced the chance of developing symptoms and being hospitalized with Omicron, according to the data.

The UK Health Agency would not comment on the study until it was published.

People are queuing up to be tested for Covid-19 outside at a firehouse in Washington, DC on December 20, 2021.
People are queuing up to be tested for Covid-19 outside at a firehouse in Washington, DC on December 20, 2021.
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According to the agency, the COVID-19 booster dose of the vaccine significantly reduced the chance of developing symptoms and being hospitalized.
According to the agency, the COVID-19 booster dose of the vaccine significantly reduced the chance of developing symptoms and being hospitalized.
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It happened when the British government revealed that it reduced the COVID-19 self-isolation period from 10 days to seven days for people getting a negative rapid test two days in a row.

The National Board of Health said its analysis suggested that a seven-day isolation period along with two negative tests had almost the same protective effect as a 10-day isolation period without testing.

“We want to reduce the disruption of COVID-19 to people’s everyday lives,” said Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

Cars line up at a Covid-19 test site in Tropical Park, Miami, Florida on December 21, 2021.
Cars line up at a Covid-19 test site in Tropical Park, Miami, Florida on December 21, 2021.
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The CDC revealed earlier this week that Omicron now accounts for 73 percent of new infections across the United States.
The CDC revealed earlier this week that Omicron now accounts for 73 percent of new infections across the United States.
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U.S. federal health officials are considering easing the CDC’s current 10-day isolation guideline for fully vaccinated people who test positive for COVID-19 but no longer have symptoms, Drs. Anthony Fauci Tuesday.

The recommendation comes as lawmakers promise not to repeat the kind of lockdowns they installed at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, but still continue to push the 10-day isolation window – even if it threatens to wreak havoc on the economy and people’s lives. say critics.

This “one-size-fits-all” period of 10 days is unnecessary for many people and “extremely disruptive,” Amesh Adalja, a senior researcher at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told The Post.

U.S. federal health officials are considering easing the CDC's current 10-day isolation guideline for fully vaccinated people who test positive for COVID-19.
U.S. federal health officials are considering easing the CDC’s current 10-day isolation guideline for fully vaccinated people who test positive for COVID-19.
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Travelers gather at the international terminal at Los Angeles International Airport amid a rise in the case of omicron variants on December 21, 2021.
Travelers gather at the international terminal at Los Angeles International Airport amid a rise in the case of omicron variants on December 21, 2021.
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“A realistic isolation period is a period that lasts as long as the risk of infection lasts. It can be as short as a few days in some people and longer in others,” he said.

The CDC revealed earlier this week that Omicron now accounts for 73 percent of new infections across the United States.

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