October 7, 2022

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“We do not know why”


The meteoric rise of cases related to the Omigron variant has quickly raised (moderate) confidence among many experts in the country and around the world. In fact, the first studies on this new variant show that it is less pathogenic. In particular, patients with omigran disease were less likely to become ill or end up in intensive care.

It was therefore hoped that Omicron’s numbers would outnumber the delta variance. As Marc Van Ranst confirmed in De afspraak last night, predictions that do not change the current reality. “Today 85% of infections are caused by omigran, but 15% are still caused by delta. In hospitals, especially mine (UZ Leuven), we find that things for admission have turned upside down. Patients who end up in intensive care are often affected by delta, ”he said.

Stagnation of statistics that the virologist considers pathetic and indescribable. “It went very well, but, at 85 percent, the numbers started to stagnate, and that’s where it got stuck. We don’t know why, we see in other countries as well.

The next variant is believed to be more related to Omicron than Delta. “Then this virus will become less viral. Chance is big, but it’s worth seeing. We can not predict it accurately.”

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