Data Coming In: Omicron is Much Less Harmful

Data Coming In: Omicron is Much Less Harmful. By the UK’s Daily Mail.

Six weeks have elapsed since omicron hit the first world, and now we are starting to get good data on hospitalization and death in vaccinated countries. From the UK:

Hospital stays due to omicron are about 60% as long as those due to delta (UK data)


The yellow line is the percentage death rate per case of covid, in the UK. It was reduced first by better treatment, then vaccines from early 2021, and omicron from December 2021. Currently just 0.14%, comparable to flu+pneumonia at around 0.1%.

If we get another variant that moves significantly in the less harmful direction, then covid might only be as harmful for the unvaccinated as the flu.