While the Omicron variant is now dominant in our country with more than 60% of contaminations, studies on this variant are continuing and good news is appearing. If the number of coronavirus contaminations continues to drop every day in our territory, experts believe that it will start again in the coming days with the emergence of the Omicron variant considered to be more contagious than the Delta variant.
The good news is that the Omicron variant appears to make those affected less sick. “Young people suffer no or less from coronavirus infections with the Omicron variant. We will have to wait and see what it does to the elderly, who are treated well in our country.“Marc Van Ranst told HLN Live.”Omicron tends to bind to receptors in the upper airways more often, while the delta variant and other variants have occupied receptors in the lower airways, deep in the lungs.“
The virologist from the University of Leuven therefore indicates that there would be much less, if any chance, of catching pneumonia with the Omicron variant, which can sometimes simply amount to a cold. This is good news for our hospitals, which are still under too much pressure today with many patients in intensive care due to the Delta variant and often hospitalized with severe pneumonia.
The next wave that awaits us will therefore be large in terms of infections given the contagiousness of the omicron variant. This will strongly impact workers who have contact because many people will have to be quarantined and will not be able to get to work. “The burden of general practitioners and pharmacists will certainly increase given the contagiousness of the variant. In addition, a lot of people are going to be sick and will need to be quarantined.“, explains the virologist to our colleagues at HLN Live.
The virologist also recalls that anyone who wants a booster must do so as soon as possible while stressing that “more people will be vaccinated once they are allowed to choose which vaccine they receive.”
“This is good news”, indicates Emmanuel André
For his part, the microbiologist Emmanuel André indicated that our antibodies recognized the Omicron variant less and that the booster was therefore very important even if the severity of Omicron is less and is “very welcome” as he notes in a tweet.
The positive point is that post-omicron immunity effectively protects against the delta variant which therefore gives rise to more severe forms of the coronavirus.