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New variant Omicron: ‘20 to 30-year-olds are most vulnerable’ says doc

Well, well. An ICU doctor claims the variant Omicron is most dangerous to those aged between 20 and 30 years – based on admitted patients.

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Many of the admitted patients of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, are young people between the ages of 20 and 30, the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital warned on Saturday.


According to the head of intensive care at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, Rudo Mathivha, the hospital has quickly picked up a demographic profile of COVID-19 variant Omicron patients: young people aged 20 to 30.

“We’re seeing a marked change in the demographic profile of patients with Covid-19,” Mathivha said.

The doctor said a majority of the patients are not vaccinated or failed to take second jabs as the Pfizer dose requires.

“Young people, in their 20s to just over their late 30s, are coming in with moderate to severe disease, some needing intensive care. About 65% are not vaccinated and most of the rest are only half-vaccinated.

“I’m worried that as the numbers go up, the public healthcare facilities will become overwhelmed.”


A leading South African health expert has revealed that vaccination is higher in older persons, while too few young people have not taken jabs.

Increased infections on the unvaccinated are therefore likely to rise.

“What we can expect is that we are likely to see more cases in those who are not vaccinated,” Epidemiologist and former ministerial advisory committee chair Prof Salim Abdool Karim said.

“Younger people are less vaccinated than older people. If there are more younger people who present with the new variant, it may be a function of vaccination.

Karim concluded by saying it is not proven that many of the young patients at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital have the COVID-19 variant Omicron.

“But we don’t know yet whether the younger people at Baragwanath hospital actually have this variant.”

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