Omicron’s chilling theory of a guest got The Project host Hamish Macdonald to admit that she “scared him.”
A leading epidemiologist explained a theory about the Omicron variant that project host Hamish Macdonald admitted to “scaring the hell out of” him during Wednesday night’s episode.
Professor Mary-Louise McLaws is a Covid Response Advisor to the World Health Organization and a frequent guest on the show. Project panelist Rachel Corbett on Wednesday asked McLaws to name the strangest thing she found about Omicron in her research.
McLaws explained one of the earliest theories about the variant which, if proven correct, would explain why it appears to be so much more transmissible than earlier versions of the virus.
âOne of the things that I find quite remarkable is the theory that Omicron has the ability to ‘load’ the peak; have positive and negative charges. If so, as we expel it while we talk, laugh, and sing, it can cling to mucus, polysaccharides and stay charged in the air. with these other particles. Potentially, we are at greater risk for airborne spread, and that will be problematic. Thatâs why Iâm telling people, please socialize outside, in case thatâs true, âshe said.
“Thanks for scaring me, Mary-Louise,” Macdonald joked.
Elsewhere in the interview, McLaws said she did not believe Christmas should be “canceled” due to the explosion in omicron cases, but she advised the public to celebrate “safely. “.
âMake sure you have received your booster shot, wear your mask when shopping for Christmas presents and try to socialize as much as possible outdoors,â she advised.
She also warned that the relatively low number of hospital admissions from omicron would increase, with hospitalization rates typically lagging two weeks behind case rates: “We’ll see the more cases we have, it’s just. pure calculations. The UK, Norway and Denmark will be able to tell us a lot about whether we will see more people hospitalized. “
Panelist Liz Ellis asked McLaws about a worrying prediction from Health Minister Brad Hazzard, who said yesterday epidemiologists predicted New South Wales will register up to 25,000 cases of coronavirus a day by the end January.
âIt’s a huge amount, and we have certain controls to help us reduce morbidity and mortality,â McLaws said. âJust because you weren’t hospitalized doesn’t mean you don’t feel like you’ve been hit by a bus. But certainly, if we are to receive 25,000 cases a day, the proportion of hospitalized cases will eventually overwhelm us, and then we will start to see more deaths because people will not be able to get to the hospital. “
McLaws is not the only Covid expert to have recently issued disturbing warnings regarding the omicron variant on The Project. Last week, a leading American epidemiologist described the idea that this is a milder version of the disease as a “sweet little lie.”
NSW recorded 1,742 new cases of Covid today, up from 1,360 the day before. Victoria registered 1,622 new cases today, the highest number since October 11.