Although Omicron is believed to be milder than Delta and has no impact on the lungs, three countries have now recorded deaths from Omicron.
On Tuesday, an Israeli hospital confirmed the first known death in the country believed to have been caused by Omicron, the latest variant of SARSCoV2, which reported similar restrictions in 2020 around the world. Along with Israel, there are now three countries that have reported casualties of Omicron, the variant that spreads faster than Delta, but causes seemingly milder illness.
Here’s everything you need to know about Omicron deaths in 3 countries. Israel The Israeli Hospital, where the death was reported, said the patient was a man in his 60s with a number of serious pre-existing conditions.
“His morbidity was mainly from pre-existing illnesses and not from a respiratory infection resulting from the coronavirus,” the hospital said. United States The first death of Omicron in the United States was recorded on Monday.
The patient was between 50 and 60 years old and was not supposed to be vaccinated. Britain has said 12 people infected with the Omicron variant have died in the country. In the UK, the new variant is spreading faster and the number of hospitalizations is also increasing.Fresh restrictions ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations are also on the cards.
The first case of Omicron was reported in South Africa on November 24. Within weeks, the variant spread to the maximum number of countries. Experts said the variant is spreading faster than Delta, which caused the second wave of the pandemic, but is not causing serious illness.
Almost all cases of Omicron around the world have symptoms ranging from zero to mild. The virus also does not affect the lungs, as scientists believe the variant multiplies in the throat, making a sore throat a symptom of the variant. For weeks, no deaths were attributed to Omicron. Deaths reported in these three countries, although details of all cases are unknown, indicate that people over age 50 with co-morbidities are at increased risk.
Also, if they are not vaccinated. Omicron is known to be able to evade immunity, but experts have said current vaccines can still protect against the severity of Omicron-induced Covid – to some extent.