A native of California, he became the first identified case in the United States of the omigron variant of Govit-19.. It happens Scientists are continuing to study the risks posed by the new strain of the virus.
This information was confirmed by the doctor Anthony Fossie, The chief epidemiologist of the White House, described at a press conference The person carrying the new strain, who returned from South Africa on November 22, was completely vaccinated without a booster dose and has so far shown mild symptoms.
The patient has been isolated and all of his close contacts have been informed and Govt has tested positive for the infection.
The genetic sequencing of the case was carried out by the University of California, San Francisco. “We knew this was a matter before the first omega case was discovered in the United States,” Fauzi said.
When asked by local newspapers about the dangers of the new variant, he noted that so far “there is not enough information”. “There is no evidence that Omicron (a variant) is very serious, but more information is needed,” he said.
Said the leading epidemiologist in the United States Learn more about Omigron Strain in two to four weeks, Scientists develop and analyze laboratory samples of the virus.
During this Wednesday’s conference, he again called on people to get vaccinated and use booster doses similarly. He also stressed the need to maintain routine care such as applying masks at home. “We’ve always discussing the things we need to do better, but we need to implement the tools we have now.”
Government of President Joe Biden It took action late last month to restrict travel from South Africa, The variant was first identified and spread rapidly. Clusters of cases have been identified in two dozen other countries.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), meanwhile, Are taking action We need to tighten the rules for travelers coming from abroad, Which is expected to be announced on Thursday.
These measures include requiring all passengers to be checked within one day of boarding the flight to the United States. Regardless of vaccine status. Post-arrival testing is also being considered.
Fauci announced that foreign visitors could be subjected to “seven days of isolation” upon arrival in the country., Was added to the Govt-19 test in the last 24 hours.
Officials confirmed that these measures would only help the country to “buy time” to better understand the new variation. And take appropriate precautionary measures, but in view of its contagious nature its visit to the United States was inevitable.
Much is not yet known about the new strain, whether it is more contagious than previous strains, whether it makes people more ill and whether the vaccine can prevent it. Without going into details, Fauci commented that the molecular profile of the Ómicron mutation suggests that this variant may be more diffuse.
The announcement of the first case in the United States occurs President Biden is scheduled to formulate his strategy to combat the virus in the winter on Thursday.. The president sought to silence the warning about the new strain, arguing that it was worrying. “Not a cause for panic.”
Biden and public health officials have increased the urgency of their calls for more Americans to be vaccinated, and those who have been vaccinated should receive booster shots to increase protection against the virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) approved it on Wednesday Corona virus vaccines may be less effective against the new Omigron variant, But stressed that there should be no warning, making it clear that they will continue to protect against severe forms of the disease.
In its weekly epidemiological report, the WHO, which has so far received reports of new variant cases from 23 countries, points to some omigron mutations. “They may increase its transmission capacity and / or allow some escape from the immune system.”
In other words, existing vaccines – which may be modified to adapt to the Omigron variant in the coming months – are believed to be less effective in preventing the simple spread of COVID-19.
According to last week’s report, this has already happened with the delta variant, which has reduced protection against the diseases that dominate the world (currently more than 99% of global cases) by 60 to 40 percent. WHO itself.
(With information from AP and EFE)