The COVID-19 pandemic has led to extra deaths -; the next variety of fatalities than could be anticipated over a given interval. A brand new research compares extra deaths through the pandemic interval when the Delta variant dominated (June 28, 2021-December 5, 2021), through the transition from Delta to the Omicron variant (December 6-26, 2021) and when Omicron dominated (December 27, 2021-February 20, 2022) in Massachusetts. Investigators discovered that extra deaths have been larger through the 8-week Omicron interval in comparison with the 23-week Delta interval (2,294 deaths versus 1,975).
By way of extra demise, we discovered that Omicron was truly a lot worse for Massachusetts than Delta. Others have reported that the Omicron variant might trigger milder COVID-19. Assuming that is the case, what we’re seeing right here might mirror simply how rather more infectious Omicron has been. This might imply that extremely contagious variants, even when they trigger comparatively milder sickness, can nonetheless result in substantial extra mortality, even in a extremely vaccinated inhabitants.“
Jeremy Faust, MD, Division of Emergency Drugs, Brigham and Ladies’s Hospital