Covid-19 Variant Omicron Cases Skyrocket

Covid-19 Variant Omicron Cases Skyrocket

The Covid-19 virus, also known as the coronavirus, has had a big impact on people’s day-to-day lives since 2019, making people stay indoors, wear facial coverings, 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 Omicron or Omicron 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. The state of California was first to confirm an Omicron case. The CDC on Friday, December 10,  said that 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 39, and 79% were fully vaccinated. The CDC reported that 33% of the 43 patients traveled internationally during fourteen days prior to getting symptoms or testing positive, showing that community spread is afoot in the U.S., according to a 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 for it shows how quickly the new variant is spreading throughout the country.

With a new variant, people must take into account their actions to prevent more cases by wearing facial coverings, and not going into crowded public spaces without safety protection.