Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital chairman of the hospital’s coronavirus task force, Dr. Bud Lawrence, went on KHTS’s Hometown Morning Show to discuss the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital’s COVID-19 task force chairman sat down with KHTS to discuss the hospital’s efforts against the virus.
“It’s a much more virulent strain of the virus…and even though ‘Delta’ was fairly contagious, this omicron is much much more contagious,” Dr. Lawrence stated. “It doesn’t really get down into the lower lungs quite as much, so we’re not seeing all the major lung issues we’ve been seeing with previous surges of COVID.”
The doctor went on to describe what he has seen and learned about the virus as far as vaccination results and protection against the new variant.
“What we’re seeing is that people who are boosted tend to do a bit better against Omicron than people who are not boosted,” Lawrence said.
The doctor described his feelings about the omicron variant’s contagious nature as well as potential silver linings to catching it.
“I sort of feel like everybody out there is getting it,” Lawrence said. “Which is a bad thing, we don’t want people to get sick, but also if the course of illness is so mild that no one’s really dying from this or relatively much much lower number of people are dying from this, working its way through the community might afford the community protection from COVID in general, and this is sort of how the Spanish flu fizzled out.”
While it has been producing fewer hospitalizations than previous strains of the coronavirus, the Omicron variant is still highly transmissible, according to Henry Mayo representatives. According to Dr. Lawrence, if enough catch the virus this could also result in newer variants.
“This brings on the idea that potentially there could be further mutations that could set us all the way back to ground zero,” Lawrence said.
The doctor is part of the team fighting against COVID-19 in Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Santa Clarita’s first line of defense against medical emergencies.
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