Risk of Hospital Admission Up to 70% Lower with Omicron Than with Delta, Says UKHSA | Coronavirus | Top stories

Risk of Hospital Admission Up to 70% Lower with Omicron Than with Delta, Says UKHSA | Coronavirus

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The risk of being admitted to hospital is up to 70% lower for people with Omicron compared to those infected with Delta, according to the UK government’s first study of its kind.

According to the British Health Safety Agency (UKHSA), people with Omicron are between 31% and 45% less likely to go for A&E compared to those with Delta, and 50% to 70% less likely to have need to be hospitalized. The first conclusions, described as “encouraging” and “promising”, are consistent with the analysis published Wednesday by Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh.

However, health officials have also warned that cases in the UK continue to rise at an ‘extraordinary rate’ and that the large number of people infected could still lead to a significant number of seriously ill people and the risk of the NHS is overwhelmed. .

The UKHSA said the new variant was more transmissible than previous ones such as Delta, and could still lead to a significant number of people requiring hospital treatment in the coming weeks.

The new data emerged after the UK saw another record high number of daily reported Covid cases, with 119,789 reported as of 9 a.m. on Thursday.

UKHSA Executive Director Dr Jenny Harries said: “Our latest analysis shows an encouraging early signal that people who contract the Omicron variant may have a relatively lower risk of hospitalization than those who contract others. variants. However, it should be noted both that this is preliminary data and that more research is needed to confirm these results.

‘Cases are currently very high in the UK, and even a relatively small proportion requiring hospitalization could lead to serious illness in a significant number of people. The best way to protect yourself is to show up for your first two doses of the vaccine or your booster shot and do everything you can to stop the transmission of the infection. “