Healthy people who received a booster shot are less likely to suffer from severe infection with the omicron variant of the coronavirus, new studies suggest.
Medical experts said The Washington Post that research has shown that omicron infections have “less severe effects than the delta variant.” Omicron, which was first discovered in the United States earlier this month, is much more contagious than previous variants, but appears to have lower hospitalization rates.
James Musser, president of pathology and genomic medicine at the Houston Methodist Hospital System, told the To post that about 15% of “symptomatic individuals” were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the hospital system, marking a 70% decrease in hospitalizations compared to those infected with the delta.
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“What is absolutely clear is that there is a lower hospitalization rate with our omicron patients in our hospital system,” Musser told the To post. “That doesn’t necessarily mean that this variant is in quotes” less virulent. “The jury is still out on it. What we know now is that … if you’re immune and, more importantly, if you are boosted, you will avoid big problems.
Patients infected with omicron have also seen their overseas hospitalization rates decline. Data from England studied by scientists at Imperial College London showed that patients infected with omicron are 15 to 20% less likely to land in the emergency room than those with delta, according to the To post.
The CDC also said that “early data” suggests that “infection with Omicron may be less severe than infection with previous variants,” but the agency warned that “reliable data on clinical severity remains limited “.
While boosted individuals appear to be less likely to contract serious infections from the omicron variant, medical experts have nonetheless warned against the To post that those who are not vaccinated are at risk of serious illness.
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Older populations and those with underlying conditions may be at higher risk for serious illness, said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. To post.
“Have you ever had an infection? Have you been vaccinated? How many doses of vaccine, and that was over six months ago? Osterholm said. “So in some ways it almost looks like a math problem. There are a lot of moving parts and we’re trying to figure it out.”
Latest data arrives as omicron skyrockets in the United States in an appearance on Sunday on ABC News’ This weekInfectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci described the variant as “extraordinarily contagious,” adding, “It outshines even the most contagious of previous ones, including delta. There is no argument from anyone on this. “
Although the variant appears to pose less of a threat to healthy and boosted individuals, Fauci told the To post that Americans should try to be cautious to avoid overloading the health care system.
“We are going to have a real challenge for the health care delivery system, namely the number of beds, the number of intensive care beds and even the number of health care providers,” he said. “Even people who get vaccinated get major infections. So if you infect enough nurses and doctors, they’ll be temporarily out of service. And if you shut down enough, you could have double stress on the health care system.”
Revolutionary cases – COVID-19 infections that occur in people fully vaccinated against the virus – are possible and expected, as vaccines are not 100% effective in preventing infections. However, vaccinated people who test positive are likely to be asymptomatic or have a much milder illness than if they were not vaccinated. The majority of deaths from COVID-19 – around 98 to 99% – are in unvaccinated people.