The dominance of the Omicron mutation in both Europe and Greece is a matter of concern to citizens, who see the number of cases increasing daily. At the same time, there is anxiety and uncertainty among citizens as to whether coronavirus vaccines protect them from the risk of serious illness and hospitalization. See what scientists say.
Nearly 29 thousand new infections occurred just yesterday in Greece, focusing on Attica, where the new strain Omicron of the coronavirus, is from last Monday in a frantic exponential dispersion. Now every Greek home has a patient with coronavirus or people who came in contact with a case. And the burning issue that concerns everyone is, which vaccine or how many doses prevent the serious symptoms that lead to the hospital.
This variant causes great concern for the resilience of the NSS in the face of a new potential challenge, as no one knows with absolute certainty how many patients will need hospitalization and especially ICU.
Health Minister Thanos Plevris appeared reassuring, expressing his optimism for the Omicron variant, for which he said that the first signs from Great Britain, where there is a dramatic dispersion, but at the moment there is no particular pressure on the health system. ” It is terribly contagious, but not morbid,” he said.
Greece also succumbs to the absolute dominance of the Omicron variant – the rest of Europe – as the new super-transmitted virus, which is not stopped by the wall of protection against vaccines and natural disease, sows thousands of cases every day.
The reality, however, may diminish the optimism of the forecasts, as it seems that the unvaccinated are not protected even against the new variant. And there are still many unvaccinated people in our country, but also worldwide.
What clinical practice shows in US hospitals
Dozens of research centers and scientists around the world are working on the protection offered by coronavirus vaccines against the serious disease of the Omicron mutation. Among the many publications is that of the well-known emergency physician at Columbia University Hospital in New York, Craig Spencer.
Analyzing how the Omicron mutation infects those vaccinated with the third and second doses, as well as those who have not been vaccinated at all, he concludes that it is less severe than the delta variant, but it all depends on the vaccine doses we have received.
Craig Spencer, through the observations of hundreds of patients, stated the conclusions he reached, which are the following:
Patients with Omicron who have received a third dose of vaccine
All patients with Omicron who have taken the 3rd “booster” dose have mild symptoms, he says:
“By mild I mean sore throat. Very sore throat and also fatigue, combined with some muscle aches. However, they do not show shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. “Everything is suffering, but it is safe,” said Spencer.
From there, the symptoms change as the dose of the vaccine decreases.
Patients with Omicron who have received two doses of the vaccine
According to Dr. Spencer, most patients who had taken two doses of Pfizer or Moderna had mild symptoms, but more than those who had taken the third dose:
“They had more fatigue and a higher fever. Also more cough. Their image was a little more aggravated overall, but they still had no shortness of breath and no difficulty breathing. “I can say that their image was overall satisfactory,” he said.
Omicron patients vaccinated with J&J and without booster dose
Those of the patients with coronavirus and Omicron variant who had received a dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine and had not given a booster dose did not have a particularly good picture, according to him:
“Most of the patients I have seen who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine were generally in worse condition, with horrible pain and fever for a few days or more. They felt weak and tired. Some suffered from symptoms of shortness of breath and cough. But no one, however, needed hospitalization and oxygen supply. “They had a difficult time, but their lives were not in danger” , stressed Dr. Craig Spencer.
Patients with Omicron and without vaccination
According to the data provided by the doctor from the hospital where he works, the unvaccinated people show hospitalization data 15 times or more than the vaccinated ones.
“Almost every patient who needed to be admitted to the hospital with Covid was not vaccinated. They all suffered from severe shortness of breath and we noticed a drop in their oxygen whenever they tried to walk. “Everyone needs oxygen support to breathe properly,” said Dr. Spencer.
Doctor’s recommendations are clear: Get vaccinated if you have not already! Proceed to a second dose of a different vaccine if you have taken the single-dose Johnson & Johnson and take the third booster dose immediately.
“As an emergency physician, in whom you will trust your life if you are in the Emergency Room at 3 a.m., I assure you that you would rather face the upcoming Omicron wave vaccinated,” Spencer concluded.
Gianna Soulaki / Source: iatropedia.gr