Omicron cases skyrocket

Omicron cases skyrocket

The Covid-19 virus, also known as the coronavirus, has had a big impact on our day to day lives since 2019, making us stay indoors, wear facial covering, limit close contact with others, and take all around measures to help stop the spread of the virus. Covid-19 has now spawned a variant called omicon or omicon Covid-19. 

The omicron Covid-19 variant first detected in southern Africa about a month ago now makes up about 3% of cases sequenced in the U.S., according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” states Spencer Kimball, News Reporter and Editor according to the CNBC article. More than two dozen states have reported omicron cases so far. California was first to confirm an omicron case. The CDC on Friday said they’ve confirmed an earlier case of omicron in a patient who developed symptoms on Nov. 15. It’s not clear when the variant first arrived in the U.S.

Among those cases 58% are between the ages of eighteen and thirty nine and 79% were fully vaccinated. The CDC reported that 33% of the 43 patients traveled internationally during the fourteen days prior to getting symptoms or testing positive, showing that community spread is afoot in the U.S. I found this information from the CNBC article written by Spencer Kimball. 

The U.S. is reporting nearly 120,00 new cases per day. This is important to take into consideration because it shows how quickly the spread of the new variant is. 

With a new variant, we must take into account our actions to prevent more cases, by wearing facial coverings, getting the vaccine, and not going into crowded public spaces without safety protection, and wearing masks.