Posted: Wednesday, December 29, 2021. 11:38 am CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Omicron is spreading like wildfire around the world, but experts consider it may not last long and not affect people who are fully vaccinated and healthy as much.
The experts believe that since the COVID-19 Omicron variant is so contagious, it might peak fast. They cite South Africa where cases are now falling after the disease was first identified in November the day before the US holiday of Thanksgiving.
USA Today reported that last week the number of new cases in South Africa had fallen approximately 36% since it peaked a week earlier.
Scientists believe that Omicron cases in the United States can start dropping by mid-January if the South Africa pattern is replicated.
Another good news is that people in good health who have received a booster are better protected against Omicron. People who have two vaccines may suffer a bit more, but they are still protected and may not have to be hospitalized.
However, those persons who are immuno-compromised have to be careful.
According to, Dr. Craig Spencer, an emergency room physician at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center said on Monday on Twitter that his patients who have received three vaccine doses when infected mostly suffer just a bad sore throat and some fatigue and muscle pain for a few days.
Dr Spencer said those who had two vaccines get “More fatigued. More fever. More coughing. A little more miserable overall”.
He said those who only have one shot have had stronger symptoms. “Not great, but not life-threatening,” he said. However, he said that his patients who had to be admitted were unvaccinated.
“Those that have been vaccinated and got a booster dose will mostly fare well with minimal symptoms. Those getting two doses might have a few more symptoms, but should still do well. Those who got a single J&J similarly may have more symptoms, but have more protection than the unvaccinated. But as I’ve witnessed in the ER, the greatest burden still falls on … The unvaccinated. Those who haven’t gotten a single dose of vaccine. They’re the most likely to need oxygen. They’re the most likely to have complications. They’re the most likely to get admitted. And the most likely to stay in the hospital for days or longer with severe Covid,” said Dr Spencer.
USA Today said that doctors at other hospitals supported Dr Spencer’s conclusions. Vaccinated people simply have fewer symptoms and are sick for shorter periods, several said.
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