First studies show why COVID-19 omicron variant could be milder

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
Updated January 6 2022 - 5:25am, first published January 5 2022 - 10:15pm
First studies show why omicron could be milder

Scientists in the US have found that omicron could be far less damaging to the lungs than previous variants of the coronavirus.


Michael Parris

Michael Parris


Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his reporting about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has reported on the 2019 NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.