15 December 2021

More on possibility that Omicron is more transmissible but less virulent

Still very preliminary, and too early for any firm conclusions, but here is at least a hint of how it might be that Omicron, while more transmissible and at least somewhat more vaccine resistant, may actually cause less severe illness than previous variants. As I've noted before, even if this turns out not to be the case with Omicron, this kind of mutation to less virulence is actually how viral epidemics tend to end naturally, so it will not be surprising, now or later, if this happens with COVID. 

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