Good news! There are 2 Latest 'Relief' News about Omicron, Find Out Here, Come On!

 The new Omicron variant which was first detected in South Africa was labeled by WHO as a Variant of Concern (VOC) or a variant that causes increased transmission. No doubt, the world became anxious made. Because, Omicron is known to spread faster than other variants, even the Delta variant.

However, the good news about Omicron has been increasing lately. Previously, the good news came from vaccine research. A new study by Sinovac BioTech found that a third injection (booster) of the company's vaccine can produce more than double the level of neutralizing antibody against the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Now, good news comes from the analysis of the symptoms of infection with the Omicron variant. Let's take a look at the 'relief' news below!

Good News Based on Studies from South Africa

Recently, South Africa's National Institute for Infectious Diseases (NICD) found that those infected with Omicron were much less likely to end up in hospital than those infected with Delta. This was presented Wednesday (22/12).

"In South Africa, it's an epidemic. Omicron is behaving in a less severe way," NICD's Professor Cheryl Cohen told Reuters, as reported by CNBC.

Furthermore, the study revealed that the majority of citizens in South Africa have been infected with COVID-19. That is, they already have a higher level of immunity to this virus.

Good News Based on Studies from Scotland

Good news about the Omicron variant also comes from Scotland. A similar study was also conducted by the University of Edinburgh which included data on 23,840 Omicron cases and 126,511 Delta cases collected from November 1 to December 19.

Based on the study, it was concluded that patients infected with Omicron but who were fully vaccinated had an 80% lower chance of being hospitalized compared to Delta infection.

"Although scanty, this study is good news. The two-thirds reduction in hospitalizations in vaccinated young people twice compared to Delta suggests that Omicron will be milder for more people," said James Naismith, director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute and professor of construction biology at University of Oxford, quoted from CNN International.

However, WHO still does not dare to conclude all research regarding this Omicron variant. The WHO's technical lead for COVID-19, Maria van Kerkhove, said that more research was needed to draw conclusions.

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