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New South African Study Shows Omicron Less Severe for All

Omicron variantPennsylvania Commonwealth microbiologist Kerry Pollard performs a manual extraction of the coronavirus inside the extraction lab at the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories on Friday, March 6, 2020.

Confirming a widely-held understanding of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, a new South African study released on Friday confirmed that the mutation caused less severe illness and leads to fewer hospitalizations and deaths than any previous variants.

The study, which was undertaken by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) in the Western Cape region, has not yet been peer-reviewed. As with other studies that are ongoing, the urgent nature of the coronavirus dictates that the results of all studies be released before there can be peer reviews of the outcomes.

The study traced the disease progression of approximately 11,600 patients during the first three Covid-19 waves, compared with 5,100 people who had the Omicron mutation, which began spreading in November.

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