The world is in total panic since the new, highly transmissible Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus was discovered in November because the variant will most certainly will result in another huge Covid-19 wave after the holidays.
Although the fully vaccinated and boosted folks seem to have more than a decent level of protection, Omicron easily evade both the vaccine and natural immunity and no one is actually safe of getting infected. However, one thing is for sure, in most of the cases, vaccines help in preventing severe condition, hospitalization and most importantly, death.
While vaccines are proven to work against the virus, a decent number of people still remain vaccine hesitant and it looks like nothing can change their minds in taking the shot. These folks are aware of the risks what might happen once they get infected with the virus. According to several ICU doctors who recently spoke publicly, unvaccinated decide to get the shot, but that is usually too late as they are literally dying in hospital.
Dr. Tom Lawton, an Intensive care consultant from Great Britain, shared his experience with the public about how dying patients are asking to be vaccinated, but they simply change their minds when is too late and not much can be done, especially to be vaccinated. The unvaccinated who end up hospital in many cases face up death.
Dr. Lawton is among many other health experts who urges people to get the booster shot and stay protected as much as possible against the Omicron variant of the virus. He said that he often sees desperate people, asking for the vaccine in the very last moments of their lives, and, it’s sad. He urges people to get vaccinated in an effort these scenarios to be avoided.
“We’ve had an awful lot of unvaccinated people coming through ICU with very severe Covid-19,” Dr Lawton said. “One of the hardest things for me to deal with has been people begging to be vaccinated at the point, when it is unfortunately too late, when they have already contracted Covid-19.”
Not much is known for the Omicron variant since its discovery, although many studies suggest that those infected with Omicron will have mild symptoms in most of the cases. However, because of the high transmissible rate and the fact that even the fully vaccinated and those Covid-19 recovered can contract the virus again, makes it very, very dangerous by itself, the doctor added.
“Now those people hopefully won’t be so sick with Covid, but they can transmit it to other people who haven’t had that protection. That means that if you haven’t been vaccinated, you will come into contact with Omicron and you could well get very, very unwell with it.”
A booster shot is the best protection against Omicron, with early data suggesting it pushes efficacy back up to 75 per cent.
In the last two-three weeks, Omicron became the most dominant Covid-19 variant across United States and the variant has been confirmed in every single state so far. Recently, the first Omicron death was reported in Texas. The winter wave most likely is already started, but experts warn that the numbers will literally explode after the holidays despite the fact that US has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world so far.