Phil Mickelson asked for "no hate" after voicing his opinion about Omicron on Twitter on Thursday evening.
Mickelson, who became golf's oldest ever major champion aged 50 at the US PGA Championship earlier this year, tweeted his views about the latest Covid variant sweeping the world.
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Despite the wave of Omicron appearing to be milder than the Delta variant - at least according to preliminary studies in the UK and South Africa - concern remains over the growing number of cases that are overwhelming hospitals.
Preliminary data has today suggested that people with Omicron variant of coronavirus are "between 50% and 70% percent less likely to need hospitalisation than those with the Delta strain."
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But that news follows on from Covid cases in the United States soaring by 38% in the last 24 hours to 238,278 new infections as the Omicron variant continues to spread, with some states seeing cases rocket by up to 670%.
But Mickelson - who made it clear he is by no means a doctor - wanted to get his point across and learn more about Omicron from his followers... but without causing any hate in the process.
Agree with Lefty's thoughts on Omicron? Check out his tweet below:
Serious question since I’m not a dr. If omicron is contagious but not deadly(25,000 cases in Africa with no deaths) why try and control it? Why not let it go and let people get it and develop immunity? Especially for those who won’t get vaccinated? Pls no hate, I’m just curious.— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) December 23, 2021
"Serious question since I'm not a dr," tweeted Mickelson, who has 800,000 followers on the social media platform.
"If Omicron is contagious but not deadly (25,000 cases in Africa with no deaths) why try and control it?
"Why not let it go and let people get it and develop immunity> Especially for those who won't get vaccinated?
"Pls no hate, I'm just curious."
Mickelson's tweet received hundreds of retweets and responses with minutes of being sent.
thank you— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) December 23, 2021
One doctor replied to Mickelson's tweet with: "Because our hospitals even pre-surge were extremely full (like 90%+) so even a fraction of a percent that get hospitalized will easily overwhelm our emergency departments and ICUS."
Mickelson replied with a thinking emoji followed by "thank you."
Check out the thread to Mickelson's tweet above to see what golf fans have been saying about Omicron.
It's fair to say there are some interesting viewpoints in the thread.