In the U.S., the first confirmed case of Omicron variant of COVID-19 was reported on Dec. 1. In the same month, six probable cases of infection were found in one household in Nebraska. On Dec. 2, the C.D.C. reported that all six of the patients were infected with the virus. The ages of the patients ranged from 11 to 48 years. There have been no confirmed cases of death or paralysis yet.
The mortality rate in the Omicron case is about half that in the Delta case
The CDC reports that there have been 43 cases of this variant in the US. One person was hospitalized for two days. The most common symptoms were cough, congestion and runny nose. More than three-quarters of the participants had received full vaccinations, and nearly one-third had received booster shots. According to the report, the death rate for Omicron cases is approximately half that of Delta cases. There are also no reported deaths.
If left untreated, the disease can be fatal
The U.S. has reported more than a thousand cases each day. A day in South Africa has seen the highest number of cases. The disease can be deadly if left untreated, but it usually starts with mild symptoms. However, there are ways to treat and prevent Omicron from becoming fatal. Booster vaccines are the best way to avoid contracting the disease. The first drugs to clear the virus include inhalants, nasal sprays, and oral medications.
New strains are spreading fast
Although the latest numbers for the U.S. infection rate are slightly lower than the previous versions of the virus, this new strain is spreading faster than the others. The U.K. public-health officials estimate that the number of Omicron Covid cases will double every two or three days. If this continues, the Omicron variant could supplant the Delta as the most common strain in the U.K. in a few weeks.
Infected people need to be vaccinated early
The CDC has reported that at least two million people have been infected with the omicron variant. The CDC recommends that all infected individuals receive a booster vaccine to protect themselves from this dreaded virus. In addition, the CDC also recommended boosting vaccination rates in the U.S. for the omicron variant. Infected individuals should get their vaccines as soon as possible.
There is no specific vaccine for the virus
The first Omicron variant cases in the country were in Malaysia, while Saudi Arabia detected the first cases of COVID-19 in its Kingdom. Other countries have reported their first Omicron variant cases, including Turkey and Tunisia. While there is no specific vaccine for the virus, it is recommended that infected individuals get their R value checked as soon as possible. It is important to note that the first Omicron variant of the virus was found in the region in September. The R value of the region was below one in October, when the Delta was the dominant version.
There are currently two confirmed cases of Omicron in Clark County, and up to 60 others have been vaccinated. The two cases are linked to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks among wrestling teams in Washington and Clark County. The University of Washington Virology Lab estimates that 50% of all specimens submitted for sequencing have genetic markers associated with omicron. Besides the recent cases in South Africa, there are several other cases of the Omicron variant.