Great read. Though much of this is, or should be, known info she conveys it clearly and her blog is well sourced.
I thought the below info was particularly noteworthy.
More and more mounting evidence is showing that Omicron is less severe than previous variants. A recent preprint
found the risks for ED visits, hospitalization, ICU admission, and mechanical ventilation were consistently LESS THAN HALF among Omicron infections compared to Delta infections.
In children under 5 years old, the overall risks of ED visit and hospitalization for Omicron were 3.89% and 0.96% respectively, significantly lower than 21.01% and 2.65% in the matched Delta cohort.
Our boosters are 50-88%
efficacious against Omicron. And even if someone doesn’t get a booster (and they are not high risk) their T-cells kick in and still largely protect them from severe disease and death.
These factors are leading to decoupling
of hospitalizations from cases: hospitalizations are not rising at the same rate as cases. Because of this, in the UK, the number of ventilators being used is at the same rate as pre-pandemic winters. And decreasing.