Infectious diseases researcher: Too early to say whether Omicron will be a mild strain of Covid

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Infectious diseases researcher: Too early to say whether Omicron will be a mild strain of Covid

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 6 Dec 2021, 8:17AM

There's hope -- but still no conclusive evidence -- that the new Omicron variant is more mild than other strains of Covid-19. 

More cases are continuing to be recorded across Africa, Europe and North America -- including cases in 15 US states and a sharp rise in cases in Denmark. 

The UK is re-introducing pre-departure testing for incoming travellers to contain the variant's spread. 

Nigel French, the co-director of the One Health Aotearoa infectious diseases research centre, told Mike Hosking it's still too early to know the seriousness of the strain. 

“We’re still lacking a lot of information outside of South Africa of course, and until we know more about the populations that it’s spreading in, it’s difficult to say whether it will be mild.” 

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