Opinion - The Robert Koch Institute, a German federal government agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention, released a report regarding the Omicron variant and who it has infected in Germany. The report states that 95.58% of the Omicron cases are fully vaccinated. 28% of those people had a booster shot. Only 4.42% of the cases are from the unvaccinated. 71.1% of the total population of Germany is fully vaccinated.
The Covid-19 vaccine as said by the CDC is supposed to help prevent infections and make it less transmissible. With the current number of Germany, this doesn’t seem to be the case. The first case of Omicron reported in the US was from a fully vaccinated person.
With Germany reporting on their Omicron cases, Mainstream media companies have yet to report on it; such as CNN and the Washington Post. They have reported that Pfizer will likely be making booster shots available for age groups between 12-15 shortly, they have not mentioned anything of the report from the Robert Koch Institute.
In America recently, the CDC says it overestimated omicron spread by More Than 200%. This variant of Covid-19 is not as widespread as the CDC has led the people to believe. The agency reported on December 20th that 73% of Covid cases in the United States were Omicron, up from just 0.7% two weeks before. Now that number has been brought all the way to 22.5%. The most prominent variant circulating the public still in America is the Delta variant, making up 77% of the cases. When it comes to the Omicron variant, it is believed to be far more contagious and can more easily infect vaccinated or naturally immune individuals. It is also stated that it is less severe, making it hard to distinguish it from a common cold. A study from South Africa has found that it is 80% less likely to hospitalize someone. It is common for people to come down with a cold over the winter. Some Omicron systems include coughing, congestion, runny nose, and fatigue. It is also stated that many patients are not losing their taste or smell. Some symptoms of a common cold are coughing, congestion, runny nose, sneezing, loss of smell, and fatigue. There are more symptoms of a common cold but there is a huge overlap between Omicron and a simple common cold.
Cases globally are tending to infect the vaccinated more so than the vaccinated. This is not a phenomenon that is only occurring in the United States and Germany. With Israel reporting its first Omicron death from a fully vaccinated man, trends like these will continue to occur. Most of Israel’s population is vaccinated, the exact percentage is 63%. A Covid death from this variant is significant in this population when you consider the fact that most of the people there are vaccinated. The current data is showing that if you are vaccinated, you are much more likely to be infected with this variant of Covid. This is replicated all around the world.