Top 5 Things You Should Know About Omicron

Infection & Spread Information

Deontae Roach and Copy Editor: Joshua Nunez

Information Known Thus Far:

  1. How easy is it to spread? – 

The Omicron Variant will spread more easily than the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The comparison to Delta has not yet been studied. Omicron is three times more likely than delta to infect people who already caught COVID-19. CDC experts say that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.

2. Will vaccines stop it? – 

The current vaccines are expected to protect against only severe illnesses, hospitalization, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant. Breakthroughs in those who’re vaccinated are more than likely to occur. This recent emergence of Omicron further emphasizes the high importance of vaccination and boosters.

3. Will treatment be effective? –

Based on the genetic make-up of Omicron, some treatments are likely to remain effective. Others may be less effective. Scientist and experts are working to determine other existing treatments for anyone who make become infected.

4. Still wear your mask! – 

Masks still offer protection against all variants. The CDC still recommends wearing a mask in all public indoor settings. This includes areas of substantial or high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status. Please keep in mind that the type of mask you wear is highly important. Do not wear cloth mask with gaps around the the sides of your face or nose. Do not wear them if they’re wet or dirty. Instead, wear masks with a proper fit over your nose and mouth to prevent exposure. Use masks with multiple layers or even double your mask. Be sure that the fabric blocks light when held up to bright light sources.

5. Symptoms? – 

The symptoms for the case are very mild. Be sure that you’re paying attention to your body and get tested often to be sure. Symptoms include flu-like symptoms. These may be dry coughs, fever, night sweats, body pains, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, pressure in the chest, and congestion.