A study conducted by specialists in South Africa accurately determined the death rate due to infection with the “Omicron” mutant compared to its predecessors, noting that it is 75% lower.
The newspaper “The Telegraph” quoted data extracted by researchers from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in South Africa and the University of Pretoria, that the “Omicron” strain has a 75% lower mortality rate compared to previous strains.
Scientists monitored the presence of patients in hospital in the city of Tsuan, Gauteng Province, which became the first center of the outbreak of the new strain. They found that 4.5% of hospitalized patients died of omicron, while in previous waves of coronavirus this number reached 21.3%.
Scientists followed patients in the hospital in Tsvan City, Gauteng Province, which became the initial center of the outbreak of the new strain, and discovered that 4.5% of those who were hospitalized died due to “Omicron”, while this number with previous waves of the Corona virus reached 21.3%.
The researchers also found that less than half of those admitted to hospital beds required oxygen therapy, while in the case of previous strains, this figure was 99.5 percent. It was also observed that the number of people requiring intensive care was much lower, 1% compared to 4.3% in the previous strains.
Moreover, it was reported that patients admitted to hospital during the Omicron outbreak were discharged on average after 4 days, compared to 8.8 days in previous waves.
The newspaper quoted the conclusions of the scientists as saying: “In the city of Tsuan, the first global center of the Omicron dynasty, the severity of the disease, the number of deaths and the length of stay in hospital decreased.”
The researchers believe that soon there will be a “complete separation of morbidity and mortality rates”, which will put an end to the epidemic and lead to an endemic stage, which means a permanent presence in a limited area for a specific infectious disease.
Source: RIA Novosti
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