Thursday, January 20, 2022

'Cautious optimism': Toronto's top doctor hopes Omicron wave has peaked

CityNews Channel on Youtube shows the Canada story. Toronto's top doctor says there are early signs that the Omicron wave of COVID-19 may have reached its peak, even though virus transmission remains high across the city.

'Cautious optimism': Toronto's top doctor hopes as Omicron wave probably has peaked.

Omicron is really the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet. In modern Greek language, both omicron and omega represent the mid back rounded vowel /o̞/ .

The so-called Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) is a variant of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) that was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) from the country of South Africa on 24 November 2021.

Omicron multiplies around 70 times faster than the Delta variant in the so-called bronchi (lung airways) but evidence suggests it is less severe than previous strains, especially compared to the Delta variant. Omicron might be less able to penetrate important deep lung tissue. Omicron infections are 91 percent less fatal than the delta variant, with 51 percent less risk of hospitalization. Overall, the extremely high rate of virus spread, combined with its ability to evade both double vaccination and the body's immune system, means the total number of patients requiring hospital care at any given time is still of great concern.

Vaccines continue to provide protection against so-called severe disease and unwanted hospitalization.

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