(ReliableNews.org) – With each new strain of COVID-19, more questions arise about the efficacy of vaccines and how bad things could get. South African health officials first reported the existence of the new Omicron variant, and the first case showed up in the US on November 29.
When asked about the case, Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted the individual was fully vaccinated. However, the person did not receive the third booster dose.
The United States identified its first case of the new Omicron coronavirus variant in California, the CDC said. ‘The individual was fully vaccinated and experienced mild symptoms which are improving at this point’ Dr. Anthony Fauci said at the White House https://t.co/Lyd4PuHfz7 pic.twitter.com/Mo4gLxLtMw
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The patient returned to California from South Africa on November 22 and received positive test results seven days later. The individual has been under self-quarantine, and all close contacts have tested negative.
Dr. Fauci explained the traveler is only having mild symptoms at this time and is improving steadily.
Officials know little about the Omicron variant. Information so far suggests it produces mild symptoms and may bypass vaccine protections. Experts need more research and data to fully understand if complete vaccination with the booster will protect against this variant.
President Biden urged Americans not to panic over the strain, but he also stressed the importance of complete vaccination and boosters against the coronavirus.
Omicron is just one of many variants to make headlines since the debut of COVID-19. Many Americans are tired of the constant new strains. It begs the question: Will the pandemic ever end?
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