Myth: Omicron Is Mild

Simply put, it’s not. Vaccines and paxlovid have contributed to reducing severity, but the virus itself is just as damaging as other variants.

Intrinsic and Effective Severity of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Cases Infected With the Ancestral Strain and Omicron BA.2 Variant in Hong Kong

“Omicron has comparable intrinsic severity to the ancestral Wuhan strain although the effective severity is substantially lower in Omicron cases due to vaccination.”