What’s known and unknown about Omicron, the coronavirus variant 11/29/21
We keep it Simple:
- The new variant is B.1.1.529 and called Omicron by the World Health Organization. It has 50+ mutations from the other covid-19 variants
- WHO designated it as a “variant of concern” on Friday 11/26/2021
- South Africa detected the lineage on Monday 11/22/2021
- Researchers in Botswana and Hong Kong also posted sequences publicly
- Cases have since been reported in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, and the United Kingdom
- Travel Bans – Full – Japan, Israel, Morocco as of 11/29/2021
- Travel Bans – Partial – Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Russia, Turkey, Singapore, Spain, and the United States
- It spreads very rapidly – We only have 5 days to study it since 11/24/2021
- On Friday afternoon, the United States joined other countries in imposing travel restrictions from those two countries, as well as Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi, effective Monday.
- Get Vaccinated is your best bet
- We Don’t know how it will compete against the Delta Variant per Dr Frances Collins M.D. former head of CDC
- It may take several weeks to evaluate how sick people get from Omicron Variant
- We don’t know how vaccinated people respond to Omicron Variant
- Not known if the Pfizer pill will work against the Omicron Variant, however, the new pill is a proteinase inhibitor and Dr Collins feels it will work. It has not been approved by the FDA.
- We don’t have data on break thru cases and non vaccinated cases yet to make a determination
- Continue wearing masks as it is in North America
- Get Vaccinated and a booster if you are past six months
- Follow the rules social distance, wash your hands, get a Flu shot
- Be safe avoid crowds and unvaccinated people
- Don’t eat out!