Those who catch the Covid 19 variant known as Omicron are 50% to 70% less likely to need hospital care according to a new study.
The report comes from data obtained in South Africa, Denmark, England and Scotland which all recorded reduced severity of the Omicron variant.
According to the BBC, the UK Health Security Agency says its early findings are “encouraging” but the variant could still lead to large numbers of people in hospital.
The study showed the vaccine’s ability to stop people catching Omicron starts to dissipate roughly ten weeks after the booster dose.
According to a BBC report:
“The latest analysis is based on all cases of Omicron and Delta in the UK since the beginning of November, including 132 people admitted to hospital with the variant. There have also been 14 deaths in people within 28 days of catching Omicron.
The report shows people catching Omicron are:
- 31% to 45% less likely to go to A&E
- 50% to 70% less likely to be admitted to hospital for treatment.”