Omicron’s Severity Will Take More Time to Assess, Scientists Say

The Covid-19 variant seems more transmissible and presents higher reinfection risk, South African officials say based on early evidence.

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12/4/2021 12:42:00 PM

South Africa is likely to be the first country to resolve questions experts have been grappling with over Omicron. The latest data is starting to offer some preliminary answers.

The Covid-19 variant seems more transmissible and presents higher reinfection risk, South African officials say based on early evidence.

Updated Dec. 3, 2021 12:25 pm ETJOHANNESBURG—Scientists in South Africa say they are reaching preliminary answers to two of the three big questions about the Omicron coronavirus variant: Is it more contagious than earlier versions, is it more effective at

bypassing the body’s immune responsesand does it make you sicker?Their tentative answers to the first two questions are yes, though definitive conclusions will need more work. But they say it is too soon since the start of the outbreak to answer the third—whether Omicron is more virulent.

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Gabriele.Steinhauser@wsj.com Updated Dec. 3, 2021 12:25 pm ET JOHANNESBURG—Scientists in South Africa say they are reaching preliminary answers to two of the three big questions about the Omicron coronavirus variant: Is it more contagious than earlier versions, is it more effective at bypassing the body’s immune responses and does it make you sicker? Their tentative answers to the first two questions are yes, though definitive conclusions will need more work. But they say it is too soon since the start of the outbreak to answer the third—whether Omicron is more virulent. To Read the Full Story