Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared above Weekend TODAY this morning to discuss the new Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus.
When asked if the new strain of virus might have been in the US, Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. We haven’t detected it yet. , but when you have the virus, it’s showing this level of transmission, and you’ve had the travel-related cases that they’ve recorded in Israel and Belgium and other places… it’s almost always changing basically everything.”
This new strain, which appeared in southern Africa and has resulted in travel ban, has been labeled a “variant of concern” by the CDC, which means it is highly infectious or transmissible or that it is particularly resistant to vaccines and other treatments.
By naming the variant “Omicron”, the CDC omitted the Greek letters Nu and Xi. This is probably because “Nu variant” and “new variant” are homophones and hard to say Xi (pronounced “ksi”).
New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency in New York following a winter spike in COVID cases and the prospect of new Omicron infections, Washington Post report.
The state of emergency allows the state Department of Health to put limits on non-essential and non-urgent care through at least January 15.
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