Omicron: 4 arguments against intentional infection

Those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered are also easily infected with the omicron variant of  SARS-CoV-2 . As a rule, the course is mild, but a COVID-19 disease with Omikron is not to be taken lightly. Deliberately infecting to achieve pervasiveness is not a good idea. These 4 reasons show why an infection prevalence would be the wrong way out of the pandemic.

1. Even a mild course of the omicron is a serious disease

A corona infection can progress without symptoms or complaints. Mild corona infections with Omikron still cause major problems for many people. The illness usually lasts a week, but can also be prolonged.

Even with a mild to moderate course, the following symptoms can be expected:

  • Sore throat
  • exhaustion and tiredness
  • Diarrhea
  • loss of taste
  • Fever

Loss of appetite and night sweats have also been reported in connection with Omikron. Even a mild infection can affect the body for some time.

2. Long-COVID also possible with mild omicron courses

Initial studies show that even after mild corona courses, longer problems and consequences can be expected. Changes in the heart could also be observed after minor illnesses. These usually regress on their own after a few weeks.

Long-term effects of a corona infection include shortness of breath,  coughing  and breathing difficulties, but neurological problems such as memory loss and chronic exhaustion are also possible. Vaccination can reduce the risk of long-COVID after infection, but long-term effects can also occur in vaccinated people.

3. High risk of infection for risk groups

Anyone who becomes infected with Omikron due to a lack of contact restrictions and hygiene rules carries the risk of infecting their fellow human beings with SARS-CoV-2. Especially small children, older people or other risk groups and unvaccinated people can contract COVID-19. An infection could pose an increased health risk for these groups of people.

4. Health system overload

At the beginning of the  pandemic  , there was frequent talk of lowering the curve and thus relieving the burden on the healthcare system. Even if omicron usually causes mild courses, some people have to be hospitalized and treated as inpatients.

The more people get sick, the more sick people have to be cared for in the hospital. If the medical staff is also infected, the hospitals quickly reach the limits of their capacities.

In addition to the care of COVID-19 sufferers, other patients also have to be treated.


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