“We’re going to see more cases for a long time,” said Pat Fitch, lab director at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Fitch oversaw a team of scientists at LANL, and for nearly two years they raced to uncover the mysteries of COVID.
“Right now, if we look at the Omicron variant that’s coming out, or in part here, we have to update everything from the epidemiological model to the molecular model of the virus itself, and ask tough.”
He said the good news is that teams like him – getting better and faster at sharing information from around the world and analysis of virus changes.
Omicron is more contagious than any other variant, but appears to be less severe.
“There is evidence that it is realistic that hospitalization rates are not going to go up and they may actually go down,” says Fitch. “Even if hospital admissions are falling or holding steady, there will still be more people needing hospital beds – so I think that’s likely next month.”
Hospitals will continue to be strained, but with more people sick and recovering, KOB 4 asked if that could bring a stroke of luck.
“I’d love to be able to say that I have scientific evidence to say that the high infection rate of the Omicron variant will eventually turn into an effective vaccine. It will create the immunity we need. I don’t know the answer to that – but what I do know, is that right before Delta came out, there was a number of studies, including one in Kentucky that showed. that vaccines are more effective in protection than previous infections are.”
Fitch says vaccines are still the best tool to limit risk – and it’s not yet known how the virus will change next.
“We’re all tired of it, but now’s not the time to roll the dice and stop. I think that’s the point.”
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