Since I last posted, the Omicron variant which was first detected by talented scientists in South Africa has been found in California. My last post covered an overview of Omicron which you can find here.
What is new?
The CDC announced that the first case in the United States was detected in San Francisco. The case traveled from South Africa to the San Francisco airport. The person has mild symptoms and is quarantined now.
Should you be worried about Omicron?
Right now, Omicron is a variant of concern. Meaning, there is an increased risk of transmissibility and severe disease. However, right now the delta variant is the dominant variant across the United States.
What does the data look like right now?
The data on the severity and transmissibility of the Omicron variant is still in the works. When I hear about it, I will make sure to share it with you all.
What can you do to stop the spread?
Make sure you are vaccinated & boosted and keep wearing your mask. This will help reduce the number of chances COVID-19 has to replicate. Encourage your family and friends to get their vaccinations and wear their masks as well. With the holiday season here, I would also make sure you wear N95s while traveling. I plan on getting a PCR test before and after I travel to visit my parents. I recommend others do the same or a rapid antigen test.