Another day another study: Omicron 60% less likely to put you in hospital than Delta

Another day another study: Omicron 60% less likely to put you in hospital than Delta. By James Tapfield.

More data from the UK, this time more cheery than yesterday’s study.

A UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) report became the fourth study to show the new strain causes less severe illness, suggesting the variant is between 50 and 70 per cent less likely to cause hospital admission and up to 45 per cent less likely to result in a person going to [accident and emergency].  …

A fourth jab could now be rolled out early to millions of Britons after a new study showed protection against Omicron wanes within three months of a booster. … The analysis from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) also reveals that immunity from boosters fades more quickly against Omicron compared to Delta. … Officials said the decline in vaccine protection against Omicron was only visible in mild symptomatic cases, The Times reported. Researchers expect protection against serious illness to last longer. …

The Government report from the UKHSA revealed yesterday that Omicron is up to 70 per cent less likely to cause hospital admission than Delta – though SAGE warned it may need to be 90 per cent milder to avoid the NHS coming under unsustainable pressure. …

The analysis is based on all cases of Omicron and Delta in the UK since the start of November, including 132 people admitted to hospital with the variant. There have also been 14 deaths in people within 28 days of catching Omicron. …

Vital services across London are suffering a staffing crisis due to the variant — with staff absences more than tripling this month, one in seven doctors off sick, and 500 transport workers absent …

Two-thirds of new Covid hospital patients in England were actually admitted for a different ailment …

A growing proportion of Covid patients in London’s hospitals are actually being treated for a different ailment. Currently 25 per cent of ‘Covid patients’ originally went to hospital for a different reason, only later testing positive for the virus compared to 17 per cent a fortnight ago. …

Omicron is believed to be infecting more people who have previously had Covid, with 9.5 per cent of people with the variant having had it before.