Back to normal in just 60 days as Omicron signals end of pandemic, says expert

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The Omicron variant is the fastest-spreading strain of Covid-19 yet, driving record numbers of infections across the UK, but one epidemiologist has optimistically predicted that we could see something approaching normal life in just a couple of months.

Tyra Grove Krause, the chief epidemiologist at Denmark's State Serum Institute, predicts that the massive surge in Omicron infections will peak by the end of January, and after that the situation should improve quite rapidly.

Speaking to Danish news station TV2, she said that while Omicron is much more infectious than the Delta variant, cases tend in general tend to be milder – raising hopes of a widespread natural immunity.

Speaking about the situation in Denmark, she said “Omicron will peak at the end of January, and in February we will see declining infection pressure and a decreasing pressure on the health care system”.

“But,”she stressed, “we have to make an effort in January, because it will be hard to get through.

"I think we will have that in the next two months, and then I hope the infection will start to subside and we get our normal lives back."

Denmark’s most recent infection figures were published on Sunday, and the country recorded its highest ever seven-day average: 20,886 across the previous week, or 3,592.74 per million people, giving the Scandinavian country one of the highest infection rates in Europe.

Meanwhile, the UK's seven-day average daily new confirmed Covid-19 cases per million, as of Monday, is somewhat lower at 2,823.31 and the figure for the US is even lower, standing at 1,215.76.

Another Danish expert, Professor Lars Østergaard from the Department of Infectious Diseases at Aarhus University Hospital, says that while we’ll probably never be completely rid of Covid-19, the virus will in time become a manageable condition.

“I never think we'll ever wave goodbye to the corona,' he said, “but we want such a good immunity in the population – partly because of new vaccines, partly because people have been infected – that we can handle it as another of the infections we know that come especially in the winter months.”

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