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Denmark health chief says Omicron is bringing about the END of the pandemic and ‘we will have our normal lives back in two months’

  • Tyra Grove Krause is the chief epidemiologist at Denmark’s State Serum Institute
  • Speaking Monday, she said Omicron’s hospitalisation risk was half that of Delta
  • This, she said, could spell the end of the pandemic in around two months

A Danish health chief has said the Covid-19 Omicron variant is bringing about the end of the pandemic, saying ‘we will have our normal lives back in two months’.

Speaking to Danish TV 2, Tyra Grove Krause – the chief epidemiologist at Denmark’s State Serum Institute – said a new study from the organisation found that the risk of hospitalisation from Omicron is half that seen with the Delta variant.

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This, she said, has given Danish authorities hope that the Covid-19 pandemic in Denmark could be over in two months.

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Pandemics do eventually end, even if omicron is complicating the question of when this one will. But it won’t be like flipping a light switch: The world will have to learn to coexist with a virus that’s not going away.

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The ultra-contagious omicron mutant is pushing cases to all-time highs and causing chaos as an exhausted world struggles, again, to stem the spread. But this time, we’re not starting from scratch.

Vaccines offer strong protection from serious illness, even if they don’t always prevent a mild infection. Omicron doesn’t appear to be as deadly as some earlier variants. And those who survive it will have some refreshed protection against other forms of the virus that still are circulating — and maybe the next mutant to emerge, too.

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