Omicron 91 percent less likely to be fatal compared to Delta: CDC study

Omicron 91 percent less likely to be fatal compared to Delta: CDC study


Omicron poses a “substantially reduced risk” of serious illness compared to Delta — and is more than 90 percent less likely to kill those infected, according to a federally funded study.

The study, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Wednesday, said it proved “compelling evidence of an intrinsically less severe infection” from the variant that currently accounts for 90 percent of cases in the US.

The evaluation of more than 70,000 infected Californians saw those with Omicron less than half as likely to need hospitalization as those with Delta — and about 75 percent less likely to need intensive care.

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Those hospitalized also needed to stay approximately 70 percent less time, with a median treatment time of 1.5 days

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