Last week, governments around the world panicked over the emergence of the so-called omicron variant of Covid-18.
As of this writing, we know that the omicron is possibly more transmissible than the other variants. But we don’t have any signs that she’s any more lethal. On the contrary, dr. Angelique Coetzee, president of the South African Medical Association, explained that the symptoms of omicron were “mild”, explaining that “we don’t have any patients in serious condition”.
If this is true, the omicron should generate optimism. That’s because the delta variant is already very infectious and herd immunity seems like a distant dream – meaning that if one could choose between the delta and omicron variants, they would prefer omicron. If omicron does indeed prove to be a less deadly variant, it will be a positive fact for world health.