Reports Show Omicron Is the Least Severe Variant of COVID-19 Yet

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Get ready for a lot of panic but not a lot to panic about as reports show that Omicron, while being the latest variant, is the least threatening of the COVID-19 variants according to reports.

According to the New York Times, the variant comes from South Africa where, despite spreading rapidly, seems to have little or no effect on those who contract it. Researchers in Pretoria sent reports that those with this variant of the Coronavirus are “much less sick” than previous patients.

“In fact, they said, most of their infected patients were admitted for other reasons and have no Covid symptoms,” said the Times.

While researchers are saying these reports are good news, they’re cautioning against dismissing it altogether. The World Health Organization said that Omicron’s global risk is “very high” due to its ability to infect even those who have been vaccinated and is a “highly divergent variant with a high number of mutations,” which includes “higher transmissibility.”

As the Daily Wire pointed out, there have been disagreements about this. One South African doctor is seeing some very mild behaviors from the variant:

But a doctor in South Africa said shortly after Omicron emerged that’s not what he was seeing. “A South African doctor who was one of the first to suspect a different coronavirus strain has said that symptoms of the Omicron variant appear to be mild and could be treated at home,” according to The Sun newspaper. “Dr. Angelique Coetzee, a private practitioner and chair of South African Medical Association, told Reuters that on 18 November she noticed seven patients at her clinic who had symptoms different from the dominant Delta variant, albeit ‘very mild.’”

“Their symptoms were so different and so mild from those I had treated before,” Coetzee told The Telegraph.

But it’s possible that both the WHO and Coetzee are correct. Viruses tend to mutate to become far more contagious but far less deadly over time as viruses also want to live and reproduce just like all other creatures, and they can’t do that if they’re killing off their hosts.

As USA Today reported, Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philidelphia stated that all viruses aspire to be the most famous one of all.

“It’s never to the advantage of the virus to kill you,” he said. “All viruses want to be the common cold, just give you the sniffles while you go around infecting others.”

Moreover, Omicron seems to be so mild that some doctors are welcoming its arrival to the U.S. with open arms for a good reason.

“It would be a great thing if, in fact, omicron crowded out delta. If omicron was a less pathogenic virus, that would be very good news for the human race,” said  Dr. Warner Greene, director of the Center for HIV Cure Research at the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco.

Given the patterns, our government and media are likely to make the omicron’s heightened case numbers the focal point and not the lack of symptoms. The real virus will be the fear the left attempts to introduce to the people, but if everyone stops and pays attention to the entirety of the data, we may come to realize that omicron is the least scary of a virus that doesn’t exactly have a lot of scary things about it in the first place, especially as the variants continue to parade themselves around the world, progressively becoming less and less dangerous as viruses do.