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What is Omicron Variant?
The Omicron variant is a variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
The Omicron Variant Spreads Throughout the United States
The Omicron have been tagged the as variant of concern this season by the World Health Organization on November 26th.
Sinxe the Variant first appears in the US in early December, CDC now reports that every state in the country have recorded at least one case.
The also says that Omicron Variant makes up about 73% of cases in the US.
It was just a few weeks ago that we were beginning to hear of this new variant of COVID that was coming out of South Africa and quickly spread into the UK and portions of Europe. And now here we are now, we just discovered a couple weeks ago that we had omicron cases here in the United States.said Nathan Ryder, Community Outreach Coordinator from Southern Seven Health Department.
It’s so infectious, if there’s massive outbreaks throughout the country, I would be shocked if it’s not here already, and I suspect that if it is not here, it will be in the next couple weeks.said SIH Herrin Hospital’s Medical Director of Emergency Department, Dr. Josh Miksanek
The Omicron spreads significantly quicker than the previous strains of the virus with it’s cases doubling every 1.5 to 3 days which had filled the ICUs across US. In Illinois today, cases are rising while in Region 5, there are 7 ICU beds available out of 77 in the region.
So this is much easily transmissible and it’s going to run through the broader public much quicker than Delta has.
We’re kinda seeing a potential wave coming at us like we did in the early days of COVID but we have tools to lessen the impact of that wave as it’s coming towards us.
Get yourself vaccinated, and hopefully we can avoid getting hit with a huge wave of COVID cases as omicron spreads across the country.said Ryder.
Vaccines are expected to protect against hospitalizations and severe illness, but breakthrough cases are likely to occur.