This article is part of our free series on the Coronavirus pandemic. As we wade further through the pandemic, it’s important that we keep our readers updated day-by-day as the course of the pandemic changes. In this guide — we’re going to explore everything we know so far about the newly detected variant. This article guide will be on the front page every morning and will be updated as we continue to learn more information about this variant.
- The new variant has about 30 mutations in total which is about double compared to the last.
According to reports, the Delta variant had roughly half of the mutations this variant does. That has increased the chances that this variant is far more transmissible than the last. This is the single most reason that officials; experts, and the like are all further pushing masks and vaccinations.
2. According to the World Health Organisation it is unclear if this variant makes you sicker than the last
That is because there have been only a handful of cases detected so far. But as holiday travel among other things continues to take place around the world. This is important because as more info becomes available we probably will learn that it in fact does.
3. Current vaccines probably will continue to work against the variant according to numerous experts
Experts say that the current set of vaccines likely will continue to work unless the variant does end up coming to prove that it is evading vaccines in some way. At this time, it is understood that such has not yet happened and this area should not be a concern just yet.
28 11 2021 – Coronavirus (Omicron updates) –
Over the weekend, more countries as expected indeed announced travel restrictions of varying types. Some countries have instituted direct-only bans from Africa while others have all flat out banned foreigners all together.
Newly added to the list:
Morrocco (2 week travel ban for all foreigners)
Canada (anyone in the last 14 days who has been in or around Africa will be barred from entry)
The United Kingdom,
Japan, Brazil, and Thailand,
Singapore, Tukey, Egypt, Dubai,
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan.
The Areas of Concern in Africa Are: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe though that list may be subject to change as the situation continues to unfold.
1 12 2021 – Omicron Updates
As expected the Omicron variant has arrived in America and has reportedly been detected in the state of California. This means that the unknown variant (which is still widely unknown and its severity is also unknown) is now in America. As a result of such, American officials are further toying with reported plans to increase testing requirements and to allow the CDC to beef up its presence at popular airports.
According to officials, the case is understood to have been detected in San Francisco. The patient which is believed to be a woman had recently been in South Africa.
The variant is now present in at least a dozen or more countries. As usual, we’d like to remind people to sanitize your hands and wear your mask. If you have to be close to people always protect yourself.
The variant called B.1.1.529 was first detected in Africa on 24 November although appears to now have been in Europe days prior to that per reports out of what appears to be Belgium. The World Health Organisation now reports that t he variant has been found in at least 23 countries and counting.
As a result of the latest developments, the CDC has released updated guidance on boosters for over 18 Americans.
“Everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when they are 6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or 2 months after their initial J&J vaccine,” she said in an statement.
“It is not yet clear whether Omicron is more transmissible” or if it causes more severe disease, the World Health Organization said on Sunday.
-Updates – 2 12 2021
As of today, it appears that the omicron variant has been found again in America. According to officials, a person who visited NYC and went to what is known as Anime NYC (a highly attended anime event) has tested positive for the new variant. The attendance was recorded last month and indicates that the variant probably is already floating around New York as more than 50,000 people attended the annual event. Much is still unknown about this variant though experts are widely divided whether or not the variant is vaccine resistant or even deadlier than the last. That patient has since returned to Minnesota it appears according to multiple officials.