Citing experts at the University of Washington, the MailOnline reports that Omicron’s estimated fatality rate could make it less deadly than the seasonal flu.
“No, don’t say that!” the technocrats cry in unison.
“Some experts have always maintained that the coronavirus would eventually morph into a seasonal cold-like virus as the world develops immunity through vaccines and natural infection,” reports the news outlet. “But the emergence of the highly-mutated Omicron variant appears to have sped the process up.”
Researchers at Washington University now modeling Omicron’s impact say they expect it to kill 99 per cent fewer people than Delta.
This means the variant’s infection-fatality rate (IFR) stands at around 0.07 per cent, meaning only one in 1,430 people will die after becoming ill with Omicron.
In comparison, flu’s IFR sits between 0.01 and 0.05 per cent.
One former government advisor suggested that Omicron’s mildness renders draconian lockdown restrictions absurd.
“We should be asking whether we are justified in having any measures we would not bring for a bad flu season,” said Professor Robert Dingwall.
“If we would not have brought in the measures in November 2019, why are we doing it now? What’s the specific justification for doing it?” he asked.