Data shows that OMICRON is causing “breakthrough” infections in vaccinated people, but with milder symptoms.
While a cold-like illness would be better for someone infected, experts say it could make it harder to track the virus in a population.
People may not come to take the test if they don’t show the classic trio Symptoms of covid infection listed by the NHS – cough, fever and loss of smell and/or taste.
It could also see hospital admissions skyrocket as the virus spreads through both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
However, case rates are still markedly lower among those vaccinated, which is the most effective way to prevent infection. protect you from virus.
It came as UK Omicron hotspots revealed for the first time.
The government has begged Britons to take up their additional invitation as studies show it’s substantial improved protection.
According to Zoe Covid Research, around 83,658 people are experiencing Covid symptoms every day, up from 80,483 estimated last week.
The study estimates 25,411 of these are among those who have been vaccinated, up from 24,926 the previous week.
The ZOE said the number of daily new cases is increasing among people under 55, but remains low among those above.
It shows that boosters offered to these age groups are working to better protect against Delta, still the most dominant strain of bacteria in the UK.
Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and lead scientist on the Zoe study, said early signs “show that Omicron is breaking through in vaccinated people, but it causes out milder cold-like symptoms“.
“However, this is no reason to be comfortable about Omicron.
“Covid is unpredictable and, even if most just feel like they have a cold, there are far more long-term risks than a cold.”
Experts say that although some data indicates that Omicron is less severe than earlier strains, that is not certain.
Hospital rates are now increasing in South Africa, where the variant was first detected, with a 300% increase in a week, according to Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer.
“We cannot yet assume that Omicron is less severe than previous variants,” said Boris Johnson.
“So while the picture could get better, and I really hope that it will, we know that the unrepentant logic of exponential growth can lead to a huge increase in hospitalizations and therefore, sadly, deaths.”
Professor Spector and other experts have warned that a milder illness does not eliminate the possibility of a large wave of hospitalizations.
“If the numbers spike, it doesn’t matter if hospitalizations or deaths remain low – it’s in volumes, not percentages,” he said.
“Higher transmission rates even with vaccination can have dire consequences, and hundreds continue to die each week as we enter the second Christmas of this pandemic.”
Professor Lawrence Young, Virologist and Professor of Molecular Oncology, Warwick School of Medicine, University of Warwick, said: “Even if Omicron infections have a milder presentation, as data from South Africa show, the speed High levels of transmission will still result in a large number of hospitalizations.
“Hopes are the Limitations of the REMOVAL plan will give us some breathing space to continue catching up with the launch of booster shots while trying to quell the spread of the Omicron variant in the run-up to Christmas. “
Professor Young said that although vaccines do a lot of “the hard work”, other tough rules are needed.
Last night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted against dozens of Tory MPs and Implement more Covid restrictions.
Under the Plan B strategy, vaccine passports and work-from-home orders will be rolled out next week.
But MPs blasted the abrupt move because hospital rates and death tolls are now low – the top two measures of how to approach Covid.
Downing Street warned there could be “serious” consequences in terms of hospitalizations and deaths if Plan B measures were not implemented.
Ahead of a Commons vote on the rules next week, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We think these are the right measures that will slow growth.
“I will not comment on decisions or motives when MPs are voting, that would not be for me.
“But I will simply state the view that we know, and the advice we have received, is that no action is needed – given the incredibly fast growth rate of this variant – the consequences, in terms of numbers. hospitalizations and deaths, which can be very serious.
“Since we know that boosters provide a level of protection – and potentially a significant level of protection – it is only a responsibility to provide that extra time so more people are protected. “
At the heart of the fight against Omicron are boosters, which are currently being given to anyone over 40, while invitations are starting to be sent out to younger people.
You may receive a booster shot if it has been at least three months since the second shot.
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