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Omicron Detected in Five States in US, New York Worst Affected

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Jayanth Deshmukh, medtigo Medical News December 3, 2021

At least five states in the United States have reported cases of the Covid-19 virus’s omicron version, while experts study whether the extensively modified strain is more contagious and virulent.

In Minnesota, Colorado, New York, Hawaii, and California, at least nine cases were verified on Thursday. On Wednesday, California confirmed the first omicron case in the United States, increasing the total number of cases recorded to ten.

According to the state’s department of health, Minnesota public health officials confirmed the second case of omicron in the United States on Thursday morning in a citizen who had returned from New York City.

The individual was completely vaccinated and has since recovered, according to the agency. He flew to New York City to attend the Anime NYC 2021 event at the Javits Center Nov. 19-21. Shortly after his return, he began to experience symptoms and tested positive on November 22.

Hours later, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis verified a third U.S. case in a woman who had recently returned from a trip to southern Africa. He added during a press conference that the patient had been properly vaccinated but had not had a booster dose. Polis claimed she is having mild symptoms and is isolating herself at home.

The governor stated that while the level of community transmission in the United States is unknown, health officials in Colorado believe it is “extremely minor.” Polis stated that the state checks wastewater and has yet to discover omicron. Colorado also performs genetic sequencing on around 15% of its Covid tests to look for variations, but he added no other omicron cases have been found yet.

It was unclear whether any of the New York cases were linked to the Minnesota resident who tested positive attending an anime convention. Anime NYC’s organizer estimated that 53,000 individuals attended the three-day event. On the island of Oahu, the Hawaii Department of Health confirmed one incidence of omicron.

On Thursday evening, the first incidence of the omicron variety was recorded in Los Angeles County. On November 22, the individual returned to Los Angeles County after a trip to South Africa via London.

In a statement released Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is working closely with state public health authorities in York City to examine omicron. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said the United States had increased genetic sequencing to find novel variants in the last nine months.

On Thursday, the Biden administration unveiled a strategy to tackle omicron and a potential winter outbreak of the virus’s prevalent delta strain. According to the White House, all inbound overseas tourists must take a Covid test within 24 hours after their departure. The administration has extended the necessity for wearing a mask on domestic flights and public transportation until March 18. It’s also increasing the number of people who can take free Covid testing at home.

According to the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna, gathering enough data to establish the impact of omicron’s mutations on the effectiveness of current vaccinations will take around two weeks. They estimate that developing a projectile that particularly targets the variation will take until early 2022. Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel, on the other hand, claims that the company can quickly put out a higher-dose booster shot.

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