Covid: Shorter hospital stays with Omicron, according to Olivier Véran

By Manon C. Posted on January 11, 2022 at 11:32 a.m.

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The Minister of Health confirms that the Omicron variant sends fewer patients to intensive care than the previous variants.

While the Omicron variant has become the majority in France in just a few weeks due to its strong contagiousness, this one really shows nice summer than its predecessors. This Monday January 10, 2022, Olivier Véran stated that patients with the Omicron variant remained shorter time in the hospital and were less often sent to intensive care than with other variants – in particular variant Delta. Omicron “gives less respiratory distress, so it sends patients to intensive care less” announced on health Minister, in the Senate.

Olivier Véran nevertheless wished to warn the French, declaring that Omicron still causes fairly strong flu-like symptoms and an consequent increase in hospitalizations“. However, “we now know with sufficient hindsight that the stays are shorter than with the previous variants. “ People with the Omicron variant will “have three to four day oxygen requirements and then be able to go out.”

Taking the example of South Africa or the UK who, after being affected by a strong wave of Omicron, already seem to have passed the peak of the epidemic, the Minister of Health showed himself positive about the end of the wave in France, by refraining, however, from advancing on a future date.

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