Omigron is just as severe as previous Govt variants, the larger study found

A woman is being tested for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a pop-up test site on December 27, 2021 in Manhattan, New York, USA, as the Omicron corona virus variant continues to spread. REUTERS / Jeenah Moon

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May 5 (Reuters) – The omigran variant of the SARS-CoV2 virus is as intrinsically severe as previous variants, making it less contagious but larger than previous studies. Study Found in the United States.

“We found that hospitalization and mortality were almost identical over time,” said four scientists who conducted the study based on the records of 130,000 Covid-19 patients, citing periods in which different variants dominated the world over the past two years. .

The study, published in Research Square on May 2 under the peer review of Nature’s portfolio, was adjusted for confounders, including population, vaccine status and the Charles Comorbidity Index, which predicts the risk of death within a year of patients being admitted to hospital. Specific comorbid conditions.

Scientists from the Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Minerva and Harvard Medical School reported that studies showing that the Omigran variant is low in various parts of the world, including South Africa, Scotland, the United Kingdom and Canada.

Their study may have several limitations, including the possibility of underestimating the number of patients vaccinated in the latest Govt waves and the total number of infections, which excluded patients who performed rapid tests at home.

Sayantani Ghosh report in Singapore; Editing by Robert Brussel

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