If you want the truth, sometimes you have to read in-between the lines.
Take a look at this headline from the UK’s Daily Mail:
Up to 40% of Omicron hospital admissions are in UNVACCINATED adults, officials finally reveal after data transparency row (but they STILL won’t say how many have had a booster)
Notice how the headline is phrased.
It makes it read as though unvaccinated people are the problem.
But if you think about it, this headline is really just a funny way of saying that 60% of Omicron admissions are from VACCINATED adults.
Am I right?
Or am I reading this wrong?
Covid-19 UK: 40% of Omicron hospitalisations are unvaccinated adults, officials finally reveal https://t.co/8AbEmwsAFw
— World News (@worldnewstweet_) December 28, 2021
London's well ahead of the rest of the UK for Omicron infections & hospital patients.
2640 Covid patients in London hospitals on 27/12, highest since 22/2.
95% of covid in London is Omicron.
40% of Omicron patients in London hospitals are unvaccinated.#GetVaccinatedNow
— Miles King (@MilesKing10) December 28, 2021
Early data: Risk of Hospital admission 40% lower with #Omicron than #Delta variant of #COVID
Higher transmissibility still putting pressure on intensive care beds
Serious illness and death mainly in #unvaccinated patients #GetVaccinatedNow #WearADamnMask https://t.co/CCm5MjD5Sg
— JONAS EICHHÖFER 🩺😷 (@JonasEichhofer) December 23, 2021
When you read past the headline, it is clear most of the hospitalizations are from the vaxxed.
When you consider that the majority of populations are vaxxed, doesn’t this appear to indicate a correlation with hospitalization rates?
Per the Daily Mail:
Up to 40 per cent of patients hospitalised with the Omicron variant are unvaccinated, health chiefs have finally revealed in the wake of a transparency row.
Officials were accused of scare-mongering for providing no context in daily updates on how many people have needed medical treatment after testing positive for the ultra-infectious strain.
But the UK Health Security Agency, which replaced the now-defunct Public Health England, has for the first time released extra details offering more clarity on the current state of play.
There have now been 668 hospital admissions among patients in England who have either swabbed positive for Omicron or are heavily suspected of having it.
Twenty-six per cent were unvaccinated, according to the agency’s nationwide analysis. But the UKHSA revealed the figure was as high as 40 per cent in Omicron-hotspot London, which it had the most ‘robust’ data for. It said the findings ‘reflect the importance of vaccine uptake’.
The agency – which snuck out the figures last night before publishing another update today – also upped the variant’s fatality toll to 49.
But health bosses have still yet to reveal whether any of the victims had already received a booster or if the virus was even the primary cause of their death, despite mounting pressure to release extra information.
Even here at home, we’re seeing a similar trend.
New York, for example, has the highest vaccination rates in the country.
They are seeing historic high hospitalizations, even among the vaccinan=ted.
New York and New Jersey are some of the most vaccinated regions on earth.
– Cases skyrocketing
– Hospitalizations on track to eclipse 2020
– Deaths low but climbing
Something is… off. pic.twitter.com/xKAVopqReJ
— Justin Hart (@justin_hart) December 28, 2021
BREAKING: New York COVID hospitalizations top 5,500 for the first time since February. But 71% of NY residents are fully vaccinated.
— Cassandra (@CassyWearsHeels) December 27, 2021
Omicron began spreading first in Europe.
So the UK tends to be a few weeks “ahead” of what happens in the U.S.
The Guardian also confirms that 60% of hospitalisations are among the vaxxed:
The Omicron variant of coronavirus appears to be milder, with a 20%-25% reduced chance of a hospital visit and at least a 40% lower risk of being admitted overnight, the first UK data of its kind has showed.
But as daily Covid cases topped 100,000 for the first time on Wednesday, experts warned that high transmissibility means the NHS is still at risk of being overwhelmed.
In what was described by scientists as a “qualified good news story”, two studies on Wednesday pointed to a lower risk of hospitalisation with Omicron.
An Imperial College outbreak modelling team led by Prof Neil Ferguson analysed hospitalisations and vaccine records among all PCR-confirmed Covid cases in England between 1 and 14 December. The dataset included 56,000 cases of Omicron and 269,000 cases of Delta.
Their report found that the risk of any attendance at hospital was 20% to 25% lower with Omicron versus Delta, and 40%-45% lower when the visit resulted in admission for at least one night. For the small percentage of people who had neither been previously infected with Covid nor vaccinated, the risk of hospitalisation was about 11% lower for Omicron versus Delta.
Ferguson said that while it was “good news”, the assessment did not substantially change Sage modelling pointing to 3,000 daily hospitalisations in England at the peak of the wave next month without restrictions beyond the plan B measures currently in place.
So what do you think?
Am I reading in-between the lines correctly?
Or is there another way to interpret this data?
Let me know in the comments section below!