COVID-19

What’s known and unknown about Omicron, the coronavirus variant 11/29/21

We keep it Simple:

Known:

  • 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

Not Known: 

  • 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

Our suggestions:

  • 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!
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