Omicron in the USA: What you need to know
On November 24, a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.529, was reported to the WHO (World Health Organization). This new variant was first found in specimens collected in Botswana and South Africa.
Later on, on November 26, WHO named it Omicron and classified it as a Variant of Concern (VOC). On December 1, 2021, the first case of Omicron in the USA was confirmed.
How easily does Omicron spread?
The Omicron variant likely will spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and how easily Omicron spreads compared to the delta variant remains unknown. It is expected that Omicron infection can be easily spread to others, even if they are vaccinated or do not have symptoms.
Will Omicron cause more severe illness?
Experts say that for now, they have very limited data on this. But so far, the answer is NO. It will be clear and more confirmed in the coming weeks. However, initial evidence about the omicron variants seems to suggest that the stain is more transmissible but less severe than the delta variant.
Will vaccines work against Omicron?
In a recent report by WHO, they said that we have highly effective vaccines that have been highly effective against all the variants so far, in terms of severe condition and hospitalization, and there is no reason to expect that it would not provide the same effectiveness against Omicron.
Will treatments work against Omicron?
Scientists are working to determine how well existing treatments for COVID-19 work. Some treatments are likely to be effective while others may be less effective, based on the changed genetic make-up of Omicron.
How to protect yourself?
Protect yourself and your community by getting your COVID-19 vaccine and wear a mask in public places if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission, even if you are fully vaccinated.
What to do if you’re sick?
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you might have, follow the steps detailed below to take care of yourself and help protect other people in your home and neighborhood.
Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms and can recover easily at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to go for medical care.
Stay In Touch with Your Doctor
Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other warning signs, or if you think it’s an emergency.
Take Care of Yourself
Get rest and stay hydrated. You can take OTC medicines, like acetaminophen, to help you feel better. Get your medicines easily at home by using an online pharmacy in the USA.
In the end, the most important is to get tested. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, get tested. While waiting for test results, stay away from others, including people from those living in your household.