Early data from South Africa suggests Omicron could cause less severe Covid, but more research is needed – .

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Early data from South Africa suggests Omicron could cause less severe Covid, but more research is needed – .


AAs the world waits for studies that give a clear picture of the Omicron variant, the first clinical data from South Africa hints at a virus that could cause milder cases of Covid-19.
The South African Medical Research Council on Saturday released a report on the first experiments at several hospitals in Gauteng province, where Omicron was first spotted in the country. Surprisingly, most hospital patients who tested positive for Covid did not need supplemental oxygen. Few developed Covid pneumonia, few required high-level care and even fewer were admitted to intensive care.

Experts warn against overreading these early reports, which are based on a small number of patients. They suggest that it will take time for the true profile of the Omicron variant to be developed. But several note that while early discussions of previous variants of concern focused on trying to determine if they caused more serious illness, with Omicron the questions revolve around its association with milder infections.

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The report included an analysis of 42 Covid patients in hospital on December 2, which showed most were in fact hospitalized for other medical reasons; their infections were only detected because hospitals test all incoming patients for Covid. Many did not have respiratory symptoms. And the average length of hospital stay was 2.8 days, far shorter than the region’s average 8.5 days over the past 18 months, according to the report.

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