Evidence Suggests Omicron Variants Less Likely to Cause ‘Long Covid’

By Matis Glenn

Omicron cell (123rf)

According to research published in the Lancet journal of medicine, British researchers have discovered that Omicron has a lower chance of leaving its victims with “long covid” than its predecessors, reports Medical News Today.

“Long Covid” is a phenomenon observed in many recovered Covid patients, where some Covid symptoms linger on for many months after being rid of the disease. Those symptoms include brain fog, headaches, heart problems, fatigue and respiratory issues.

In a study of almost 50,000 people who had experienced Covid infection, those who contracted Omicron were between 20 and 50 percent less likely to have long Covid than patients who caught the Delta strain.

The highly contagious Omicron and its family of even more catchy subvariants have become the dominate strain worldwide.

According to John Hopkins University’s website, while people with even mild Covid infections have had long Covid, it “seems to be more likely” to affect people who had a more serious bout, and it is “likely” that vaccines would help prevent it, but there has not been sufficient evidence as of yet.


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