Normal life could return in 2 months as Omicron helps end pandemic, expert predicts

The chief epidemiologist at the Danish state serum institute, Tyra Grove Krause, expects the surge in cases of the latest variant to peak later this month – but then hopes the infection will gradually subside

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We could get back to normal life in just two months as Omicron helps end the coronavirus pandemic, an expert in Denmark said.

The chief epidemiologist at the Danish state serum institute Tyra Grove Krause expects the increase in cases of the latest variant to peak this month.

She said a study showed that the risk of people being hospitalized by Omicron is cut in half compared to the Delta variant.

This gives hope to authorities in Denmark that the pandemic could be over in a few months as immunity rises, she said.

Ms Krause answered a question about how long Omicron will affect life in Denmark, said TV2 : “I think we will have that in the next two months, and then I hope the infection subsides and we get our normal lives back.”

In a New Year’s message in 2022, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu on a note of hope as the coronavirus crisis enters its third year.

Tyra Grove Krause, Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease Prevention, Statens Serum Institute (SSI)
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He said he was “confident” that this will be the year the pandemic ends, but warned of “close nationalism and vaccine hoarding”.

Dr. Tedros said vaccine inequality “created the ideal conditions for the Omicron variant to emerge.”

He said, “And the longer the inequality lasts, the greater the risks that this virus will develop in ways that we cannot prevent or predict.”

Dr. Tedros said tackling inequality is key to ending the global nightmare and normalizing life.

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In a statement, he said: “If we end inequality, we will end the pandemic.

“Through the ACT Accelerator, which includes COVAX, WHO and our partners are helping to make vaccines, tests and treatments available to people around the world who need them.

“As we enter the third year of this pandemic, I am confident that this will be the year we end it – but only if we do it together.”

He said vaccines have saved millions of lives, adding that health professionals now have new drugs to help prevent and treat Covid-19.

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