Medical experts are cautiously optimistic that omicron does not cause more severe disease, based on early reports out of South Africa

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There are early signs that indicate the Omicron type is more easy to transmit, but it may not cause more severe disease than Delta, although there are no reported medical studies or peer-reviewed.

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Markets have been swirling since the concern’s new Omicron variant was identified less than two weeks ago, putting health care systems on guard and a complex mix of new travel restrictions around the world. In the US, concerns are emerging that Omicron is emerging at a time when temperatures are dropping, more people are spending time indoors and holiday celebrations are underway.

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“The question is, how disastrous could this approach be in terms of serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths in North American and European countries in their prime infection-spreading seasons?” Analysts at SVB Leerink wrote in an investor note on Monday.

Several new details about Omicron emerged over the weekend. Health officials in South Africa, where the variant was first detected, say there has been an “exponential increase” in cases in the Tshwane district, where Pretoria is located, according to a new report good Published on Sunday by the South African Medical Research Council. Hospital admissions are on the rise in Gauteng province, home to Pretoria and Johannesburg and home to a quarter of the country’s population. But he added that most of the hospitalized COVID-19 patients do not require oxygen at this time.

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“The main observation we have made in the last two weeks is that the majority of patients in the COVID wards are not oxygen dependent,” the council wrote. “This is a picture that hasn’t been seen in previous waves.”

If this is true then it would be good news.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser, said: “While it’s too early to make a definitive statement, so far it doesn’t seem like it’s too serious.” told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, “But we have to be really careful before we make any determination whether it’s less severe or that it doesn’t actually cause any more serious illness than Delta.”

That said, there is also growing concern about the infectivity of Omicron, and the extent to which it can be broken down through vaccine-induced or natural immunity.

Researchers have published Research Paper It was said this weekend that two fully vaccinated individuals, one arriving from South Africa and one from Canada, were staying halls across from each other at a quarantine hotel in Hong Kong. Individual passengers tested negative for the virus 72 hours before their flights; However, both tested positive for the variant within four days of each other.

“The detection of Omicron type transmission between two fully vaccinated individuals in the corridor of a quarantine hotel highlights this potential concern,” they wrote.

So far the variant has been identified in 16 US states.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers

The daily average number of cases in the US rose to 109,822 on Sunday, the highest since September 30 and a 19% increase from two weeks ago. A New York Times Tracker, The daily average death toll rose 5% to 1,178, while hospitalizations rose 18% to a seven-week high of 58,992.

Meanwhile, about 198.9 million people in the US are now fully vaccinated, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and about 23% have received a booster shot.

Here’s what else you should know

Poland And Norway Omicron Edition plans to announce new pandemic restrictions later this week, while New York City Announced several new rules, including vaccine requirements in indoor restaurants for children and vaccine requirements for all private employers.

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