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It spreads quickly, but how serious is it? Omicron scientists are in a hurry to assess the threat.

While scientists are keen to learn more about the Omicron variant and the threat it poses, one fact is clear: it spreads quickly wherever it lands.

In South Africa, Omicron has spread twice as fast as the highly infectious Delta variant. In Denmark, the number of Omicron cases doubles approximately every two days.

In the United States of America, Delta remains the dominant option and has caused a spike in cases and hospitalizations even before the advent of Omicron. About 120,000 new Covid cases are reported every day, up 40 percent from two weeks ago, although those numbers remain below last winter’s peak.

It remains unclear how severe the consequences will be, as much remains unknown about the variant, including how likely it is to cause serious illness.

Early evidence from South Africa raised hopes that Omicron might be softer than Delta; In one small report, the researchers noted that patients in a Covid hospital ward were less likely to need supplemental oxygen than during previous outbreaks.

But it is too early and the datasets are too small to draw general conclusions about the severity of Omicron, especially as hospitalizations and deaths are usually weeks behind infections.

“I don’t think this is good news yet,” said Sveta Bansal, an ecologist at Georgetown University.

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