If you’ve been vaccinated, you don’t need to change your vacation plans due to the Omicron variant – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) – At least five states are reporting COVID-19 cases linked to the omicron variant, and health officials are advising Americans not to wait any longer for a vaccine or shot. repeat to better protect yourself and others.

With the Delta variant still spreading across the country and travel expected to increase this month, vaccinations are key to enjoying year-end festivities safely.

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“Just like I said and I will say it again, if you have a vaccination status, enjoy a vacation with your family in a home space,” said Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci said at CNN Global Town Hall on Wednesday.

Results from the studies being done on Omicron to determine its severity and transmissibility are expected in the coming weeks.

But it is clear that vaccinations have been effective against other coronavirus variants, including the Delta variant that is still raging in hotspots across the United States. Fauci said their success against Delta can also be seen with Omicron.

“That’s where we hope we’ll see with the Omicron variant, that if you get your level high enough, it spills out and gets cross protection against that variant,” Fauci said and added that it remains unclear whether people will need a Covid-19 booster shot every year or more often.

Some Americans may ask if they should wait to get their hands on a Covid-19 booster depending on what scientists learn about the Omicron variant, but Fauci says don’t wait.

“Increase that now,” Fauci said. “The level of antibodies that go up and up after a booster is a lot higher than the peak you get after the second dose of the two-dose vaccine.”

The first confirmed US case of the Omicron variant was identified in California on Wednesday. Fauci said the person is fully vaccinated and is experiencing “mild, improving symptoms at this time”.

The second case was found in a Minnesota resident who traveled to New York City. This person – an adult male – was vaccinated, had mild symptoms on November 22 and was tested on November 24, he recovered, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

New York officials are asking individuals who attended a conference at the Javits Center between November 18 and 22 to check following revelations that Minnesota residents also attended the conference. New York Governor Kathy Hochul said on Thursday proof of vaccination is required.

New York has so far recorded five confirmed cases of the Omicron COVID variant on Thursday, the most of any state.

Colorado and Hawaii also reported Omicron cases on Thursday.

Health officials hope to find more Omicron cases as gene sequencing continues across the country.

The Delta variant remains at the forefront of health officials’ minds as it is practically the cause of all new infections. Nearly 58,000 Americans are hospitalized with Covid-19, according to data from the US Health and Human Services.

Dr Richard Besser, former acting director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday that he hopes so-called “Covid-19 fatigue” won’t stop everyone vaccinated person.

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“Even if the Omicron strain doesn’t get worse, we’re losing close to a thousand people a day from the Delta variant, and that in itself is a reason for people to be motivated,” Besser said.

With Omicron detected in at least 25 countries and territories, officials are working to find those infected and warn those at higher risk of severe symptoms to avoid travel. .

In the US, the Biden administration last week announced restrictions on visitors, except US citizens and lawful permanent residents, entering the US from eight South African countries. South African scientists identify the Omicron variant for the first time.

Following an earlier order by the CDC that airlines must collect contact information from passengers prior to their arrival to notify them of possible Covid-19 exposure, the agency plans to release the names of those on board. flights from southern Africa for state and local public health departments, a health official confirmed. Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines told CNN they are complying with the directive.

Fauci told a White House news briefing on Wednesday that the travel ban was “temporary” and necessary to slow the emergence of the variant, rather than the highly unlikely task of preventing it. it completely.

“No one feels – I certainly don’t – that the travel ban will prevent infected people from coming to the United States,” Fauci said. “But we need a little more time to be able to prepare, understand what is happening.”

The World Health Organization on Tuesday said people who are not fully vaccinated or have no evidence of previous infection, as well as those over 60 years of age or have comorbidities such as heart disease or cancer or diabetes should “delay travel to areas with community transmission” due to the Omicron variant.

With more than 785,000 Americans dead from Covid-19 and hospitals still expanding to capacity in some parts of the country, two recent studies have further demonstrated the virus’ harm to survivors.

According to a study published Wednesday in the journal Frontiers in Medicine, and were nearly twice as likely to die as those with mild or moderate cases.

The study from researchers at the University of Florida found no significant difference in the risk of death between patients with mild or moderate Covid-19 and those without Covid-19, suggesting that preventing Severe Covid-19 infections are the most effective way to avoid deaths.

The study determined that only about 20% of “consequential deaths” in Covid-19 patients were from respiratory or cardiovascular causes.

“As these deaths were not from a direct cause of Covid-19 deaths among patients who recovered from the initial Covid-19 wave, this data suggests that the biological insult from Covid-19 -19 and physiological stress from Covid-19 is significant,” the researchers wrote. The unidentified medical records of nearly 14,000 patients in 2020 were used in their study.

Another analysis, from the United Network for Organ Sharing, found that one in 10 lung transplants in the US in 2021 will have a patient with Covid-19-related lung damage.

In the last five months of 2020, only about 2% – for every 50 – had a lung transplant for a Covid-19 patient, the data showed.

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