Is covid-19 really getting milder?The short answer is no. Covid-19 is still a deadly disease, having killed almost 1.1 million people in 2022 at the time of writing. There remains a high risk of hospital admission and death for anyone without prior immunity. With some populations still largely unexposed to the virus, such as in China, and variation in the types of vaccines used in different places, it would be cavalier to call covid-19 anything but serious.“It’s really hard to compare the severe disease aspects of [variants] because the immunity of our population is so different,” says Steve Griffin, associate professor at the University of Leeds. “When people call omicron mild, yes, there’s probably a lesser tendency for it to go deep in the lungs. But if you think about the clinical impact of it, because of its massive prevalence, even though it’s got a lower chance of causing the…

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