Why has Omicron death rate been “beyond tragic”?

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Highlights

  • Due to the high transmission rate of Omicron, it has severely affected the older generation and the groups with weak immunity.
  • Since the Omicron variant was identified back in November 2021, total deaths have been on a rise.
  • Several countries are yet to pass their Omicron peak. Consequently, the number of deaths is likely to increase in the upcoming weeks.

Before 2020, the collective world society was focused on the upliftment of mankind via technology, creativity, and innovation. However, since the advent of the coronavirus led pandemic, a lot has changed in the course of human events.

Ever since the pandemic began, around 6 million people have died of COVID-19. These are the recorded numbers. However, some believe that the actual death toll is significantly more than the numbers shown in reports.

Thanks to advancements in medical science, the vaccine for the virus could be released as early as possible. However, the pressure on human society is not lifted via vaccines because of the advent of new variants of COVID-19.

The Delta variant is considered to be the “deadliest variant” till now. However, it will surprise you that Omicron has raised the death toll to the largest magnitude. Wondering how? - let’s understand.

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Omicron death rates have been “beyond tragic”

As data suggests, the Omicron variant is not as deadly as Delta. However, it is highly transmittable. Due to the high transmission rate of Omicron, it has severely affected the older generation and the groups with weak immunity.

Ever since the Omicron variant was identified back in November 2021, total deaths have been on a rise. So much so, merely in three months, half a million people dying of a variant, which is considered “not so deadly” is a matter of concern.

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Omicron has thus become the most dominant COVID-19 variant. Also, several countries are yet to pass their Omicron peak, thus, the numbers will go high in the upcoming weeks. The WHO disclosed that the number of deaths because of Omicron has consistently been on the rise.

In January, the WHO chief had announced that Omicron is causing an increase in death numbers at a high rate, also the rate of hospitalisation increasing in most countries. Additionally, it was observed that the vaccine was not showing optimum efficiency against the new variants like Omicron. Thus, countries are now moving ahead with booster shots as boosters are showing increased efficacy in the case of immunodeficient people and older groups.

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Bottom line

Omicron is not as deadly as the Delta variant. However, its high transmission rate has increased the death toll immensely. Conclusively, it is high time for the world population to realise that the pandemic isn't over yet. Thus, the governments, policymakers and the citizens need to take care of COVID-19 rules vividly to collectively overcome the pandemic in the upcoming months.


 


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