The new coronavirus variant, which scientists call BA.2, is widely considered stealthier than the original version of omicron because particular genetic traits make it somewhat harder to detect.
The differences between omicron and delta variant symptoms were analyzed as part of a COVD-19 infection survey.
Dr. Ala Stanford discusses the latest COVID-19 headlines, including recent discussion on whether or not the omicron variant is finally peaking.
According to healthcare professionals, the recent trend of trying to get infected with the omicron variant on purpose is risky and not advised.
Pfizer confirmed it plans to start human trials of its omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine later this month, potentially making it available to the public as soon as March.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says to pick masks with two or more layers and a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out the top.
Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 booster shot was found to reduce the risk of omicron-related hospitalization by about 85%, according to a South African clinical trial.
United Airlines has been forced to cancel 121 flights on Christmas Eve, in part, due to the coronavirus omicron variant.
Scientists stress that even if the findings of these early studies hold up, any reductions in severity need to be weighed against the fact omicron spreads much faster than delta and is more able to evade vaccines.
As the omicron variant continues to spread across the country, many events are getting canceled and businesses are closing.
The rapidly-spreading omicron variant may soon leave U.S. doctors without two of the standard treatments they’ve used to fight COVID-19.
According to the study, existing antibody therapies like monoclonal antibody cocktails are largely ineffective against omicron, along with natural antibodies from previous infections.
Medical experts say the omicron coronavirus variant is spreading so fast, surveillance attempts can’t keep up.
Debra says the blame for the ongoing pandemic should be placed on more than the unvaccinated, saying masks and other precautions need to continue to be used.
In the two weeks since omicron first was reported in Southern Africa, other doctors have shared similar stories. All caution that it will take many more weeks to collect enough data to be sure, their observations and the early evidence offer some clues.
The World Health Organization has expressed concerns that rich countries spooked by the emergence of the omicron variant could step up hoarding of COVID-19 vaccines.
Pfizer said its COVID-19 booster dose may protect against the new omicron variant, but the initial two doses appear significantly less effective.
“Thus far, it does not look like there’s a great degree of severity to it,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said.
The arrival of omicron comes as hospitals statewide continue to strain under a surge in coronavirus cases, most traced to the delta variant, along with staffing shortages.
Companies Pfizer and BioNTech are currently running tests in response to the rapidly spreading omicron variant with data likely available in the coming weeks.