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'Ray of light' as Covid could soon be very similar to the common cold says expert

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Covid may soon resemble a common cold as Omicron could end the pandemic, according to a medical expert. The University of Warwick's Dr Mike Tidesley believes that the mild symptoms often related to the new, dominant strain could mean the world returning to 'normal' again soon.

Previously, Dr Tidesley questioned the need for restrictions as he raised hopes of a slowing rate of infection. A member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modeling group - which feeds into SAGE - the medic has been encouraged by the flatlining of cases and hospital admissions in the UK's capital city.

He urged that things are beginning to turn around despite huge daily case numbers continuing, reports The Mirror. He told Times Radio : "The thing that might happen in the future is you may see the emergence of a new variant that is less severe, and ultimately, in the long term, what happens is Covid becomes endemic and you have a less severe version. "It's very similar to the common cold that we've lived with for many years."We're not quite there yet but possibly Omicron is the first ray of light there that suggests that may happen in the longer term - it is, of course, much more transmissible than Delta was, which is concerning, but much less severe."Hopefully, as we move more towards the spring and we see the back of Omicron, we can get more inter-relationship of living with Covid as an endemic disease and protecting the vulnerable."But he did state that the North East and North West of England are seeing the most "concerning" rates of the Omicron variant.However, he added: "It doesn't sound all doom and gloom, what we are seeing from hospital admissions is that stays in hospital do appear to be on average shorter, which is good news,

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