IndiaLess hospitalization, is 'Omicron' a 'natural vaccine'? Experts say so

Less hospitalization, is ‘Omicron’ a ‘natural vaccine’? Experts say so


Highlight:

  • Experts with caution
  • Evidence matters, not opinions
  • Leading figures in the health sector in response

New Delhi: The Omicron variant is reported to be less likely to cause serious illness than the Covid 19 Delta variant. Omicron, which is more potent than Delta, has led to a huge increase in the number of Covid 19 patients in many countries, but the number of hospital admissions in these areas is low. In this case, the expansion of the Omicron variant is seen by some as a good omen. It has been suggested that Omicron may be as effective as a natural vaccine if it spreads without additional symptoms. But health experts reject this claim. Experts say there is currently no evidence to reach such a conclusion and no risky attempt should be made.

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Government of Maharashtra Health Specialist Dr. This theory was put forward by Pradeep Awate. He said that despite the increasing number of Omicron patients in the state, hospital stays were not required and if the status quo continued, Omicron would act as a vaccine. Although there have been reports so far that Omicron causes minor symptoms in many people, health experts say the possibility of major symptoms in the long run cannot be ruled out. Virologist Shahid Jameel says comparing Omicron to a vaccine is irresponsible.

Suchin Bajaj, the founding director of the Ujala Cygnus Group of Hospitals, has also warned of the long-term health problems that Covid is causing.

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He said that problems such as malnutrition, air pollution and diabetes were rampant in India and that forcing people to deliberately contract the virus was not good for public health. He also warned that this was not a scientific approach.

Giridhara Aur Babu, an expert at the Public Health Foundation, also rejected the natural vaccine theory. He warned that omicron could cause hospitalizations and deaths and not spread misleading news. He emphasized that the decision was not a signal of a formal antitrust inquiry into the allegations, but rather a signal of a formal antitrust inquiry into the allegations. He warned that evidence was important and not opinion.

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