WHO suggests that the most recent variant of SARS-CoV-2 may easily spread from one person to another. Those who have either caught the virus earlier or have been fully vaccinated remain to be at risk of contraction. However, the global health agency has said that the disease will be milder as compared to the Delta variant.
“There are still limited data on the clinical severity of Omicron. While preliminary findings from South Africa suggest it may be less severe than Delta, and all cases reported in the EU/EEA to date have been mild or asymptomatic, it remains unclear to what extent Omicron may be inherently less virulent. More data is needed to understand the severity profile,” it said.
Since the onset of Omicron up until now, no reports of severe illness have come to surface. Rather, Dr Angelique Coetzee, Chairperson of the South African Medical Association, who also happens to be the first person to have discovered the Omicron variant, had initially said that the disease was ‘mild’ and those infected did not show any signs of severity.