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posted by janrinok on Thursday January 13, @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, Interesting) by aim on Friday January 14, @08:44AM (1 child)

    by aim (6322) on Friday January 14, @08:44AM (#1212644)

    I definitely can believe it. While before Omicron, I didn't hear that much about cases around me, now I have cases left and right. Especially with Covid making the rounds in schools, the kids bring the virus home - as has my youngest son, this week.

    So now, we have him home in quarantine, his brother stays at home too (both doing home schooling), I'm in homeoffice, while the daugther still goes to school (she's old enough to be fully vaccinated, the boys weren't old enough for the vaccine until recently), and my wife still works normally (fully compliant with local rules).

    I wonder how long it'll take before someone else in the household tests positive, as it is quite impossible to maintain a perfect isolation with the kids. Thankfully, my youngest doesn't show symptoms other than a headache, and us adults being fully vaccinated + boostered, chances for serious symptoms are low. It sucks though not being able to visit with our elders.

    And now, off to another self-test...

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14, @09:29PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14, @09:29PM (#1212772)

    Thank you for taking it seriously.