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Omicron Infects 70 Times Faster But Is Less Severe, Study Says

  • Observations are part of a study by University of Hong Kong
  • Omicron growth was 10 times lower in the human lung issue
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Omicron Evades Sinovac, Study Shows

The omicron variant infects around 70 times faster than delta and the original Covid-19 strain, though the severity of illness is likely to be much lower, according to a University of Hong Kong study that adds weight to the early on-ground observations from South African doctors.

The supercharged speed of omicron’s spread in the human bronchus was found 24 hours following infection, according to a Wednesday statement from the university. The study, conducted by a team of researchers led by Michael Chan Chi-wai, found that the newest variant of concern replicated less efficiently -- more than 10 times lower -- in the human lung tissue than the original strain which may signal “lower severity of disease.”