SAMRC releases new report into Omicron variant

The South African Medical Research Council released preliminary findings, from the first two weeks of the Omicron wave in Tshwane -- where the outbreak began. Dr. Fareed Abdullah, from the SA Medical Research Council, spoke with eNCA's Shahan Ramkissoon. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - It's still too early to say how severely Omicron may affect COVID-19 patients, but early data has certainly been interesting.

The South African Medical Research Council released preliminary findings from the first two weeks of the Omicron wave in Tshwane, where the outbreak began.

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Hospitalised patients were shown to have less severe diseases but whether this comes down to the severity of the variant, or whether vaccination plays a role, will still be seen.

The majority of patients in hospital were unvaccinated.

Dr Fareed Abdullah, from the SA Medical Research Council said: "The age profile of patients in the hospital, over the last two weeks, is a different age profile. 80 percent of the patients in the COVID wards are below the age of 50. Secondly, the length of stay of these patients in the hospital is lower and thirdly, and the most important thing that we have seen is that the majority of patients are not dependent on oxygen supplementation."

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