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posted by janrinok on Thursday January 13 2022, @04:32AM   Printer-friendly
from the I-hope-it's-only-the-legs-half dept.

Omicron May Infect Half of Europeans Within Weeks, WHO Says:

More than half of Europe's population could become infected with omicron within weeks at current transmission speeds, a World Health Organization official said.

The fast-spreading variant represents a "west-to-east tsunami sweeping the region," Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe, said in a briefing Tuesday.

He cited the Institute for Metrics and Health Assessment forecast that most Europeans could take it within the next six to eight weeks. The latest Covid surge has resulted in fewer symptomatic cases and lower death rates than in previous waves, fueling optimism that the pandemic may subside.


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by ChrisMaple on Thursday January 13 2022, @07:13AM (1 child)

    by ChrisMaple (6964) on Thursday January 13 2022, @07:13AM (#1212354)

    If there are 4 actual cases for every official case, more than half of Europe has already been infected with COVID.

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  • (Score: 2) by legont on Friday January 14 2022, @12:53AM

    by legont (4179) on Friday January 14 2022, @12:53AM (#1212558)

    I have an anecdotal evidence from the US.

    A friend of mine was in a hospital for a procedure where they run a test and found him covid positive. For symptoms, he had one evening with chills and running nose the following day a week ago. Anyway. he went home and isolated for two weeks. Nothing happened so he declared himself cured. Here is the punch line. He has wife and three children who did have similar symptoms and did not have tests. That's x4 statistics error, right?

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