Omicron COVID-19 Variant Spreading Fast, But Less SevereJanuary 6, 2022 2:55 pm
The start of 2022 has left a lot of people concerned about the growing threat from the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, however experts are hopeful that the latest variant produces much less severe disease. In fact, studies from late 2021 are indicating that when someone is fully vaccinated and boosted against Omicron, the variant will generally produce symptoms that are much closer to the common cold then to the Delta variant which ravaged the country in the summer of 2021.
Recently in the United States, the country set a daily case record of 1 million new cases of COVID-19 in a single day. This is a dubious record that the U.S. now holds as the worldwide leader in new COVID cases. The United States currently lags behind the goal of getting 80% of it’s residents fully vaccinated. The number of fully vaccinated people in the US currently sits just above 60% although it has been climbing in recent weeks. The number of citizens who have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine has climbed as well and is sitting near 80%. With nearly 900,000 vaccine doses being administered daily there is hope among US officials that the country could climb to the needed 80% threshold in the coming months.
Dr. Anthony Fauci and other infectious disease experts continue to encourage all citizens who are eligible to get vaccinated as the vaccine has proven to be the best protection for anyone against the COVID-19 virus, including all of the variants. In fact, fully vaccinated people who contract the Omicron variant are seeing very mild symptoms and in some cases no symptoms at all, even though they are testing positive.
The best thing you can do is to get fully vaccinated and then when you are eligible get your booster shots. Booster shots are now available for children between the ages of 12-15. You can also do your part by spreading the word to those among us who are not fully vaccinated so that we can all go back to “living our lives” without any restrictions from COVID-19 or threats to our health and safety.