Ómicron: The reason why experts think that the covid-19 can end with this variant

Can the covid-19 pandemic end in 2022? Beyond being thought of as a great dream for humanity, this question is one that has tried to be answered by Zvika Granot and Amnon Lahad, two Israeli specialists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

After having studied the advance of the coronavirus that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019, Granot and Lahad predict that omicron, the most recent strain of covid-19, may become the final chapter of the pandemic that until the date has affected about 289 million people in the world.

According to information from specialists shared through The Times of Israel and replicated on different international platforms, the new variant that emerged in South Africa is characterized by being more infectious but less serious in terms of effects.

Ómicron has also distinguished itself by being less aggressive than previous strains. This is considered a good sign by the Israelis.

Zvika Granot has pointed out that “in general, viruses that are very aggressive are not very infectious and viruses that are very infectious are not very aggressive.”

Granot, who is director of the Laboratory of Development Biology and Cancer Research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem explained that the end of the pandemic “will come when we have a very infectious variant with very mild symptoms.”

The specialist also explained that many more people will be infected with omicron since it is more contagious. However, they will have a runny nose and perhaps a fever for a couple of days “and then they will go back to their normal lives.”

For both Zvika Granot and Amnon Lahad, 60% of people who have the omicron variant – at least in Israel – have no symptoms and should not go through intensive care units. This would not pose a danger to countries, they argued.

They added that attention should be paid to the new wave “without causing collateral damage by shutting down the economy and closing schools and disrupting normal life.”


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