Over 17 U.S. States Have Been Infected, According to the CDC, with More Expected
On December 1, California became the first state to report an omicron variant of the coronavirus. Since then, the virus has been found in at least 17 other states, with the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky, predicting that the number of cases will rise as researchers race to determine whether the virus is more contagious or better able to evade the current vaccines’ protections.
A growing number of probable cases are being reported every day, Walensky told ABC News in a Sunday interview. This is the location in the United States where cases have been found. Almost all coronavirus cases, according to Walensky, are caused by the delta variant, which continues to predominate in the United States.
Preliminary reports of omicron cases being mild are “encouraging,” according to the nation’s top public health adviser, Anthony S. Fauci.
The omicron variant, if it ever becomes widespread in the United States, will be protected by existing vaccines, according to Fauci, who told CNN’s State of the Union: “Though it’s too early to really make any definitive statements about it, thus far, it doesn’t look like there’s a great degree of severity to it.”
Three unrelated cases of Omicron have been linked to the Hong Kong quarantine hotel.
When it comes to two coronavirus cases found in a Hong Kong quarantine hotel, the omicron variant has been found in airborne transmission in a hallway.
Two visitors, one from South Africa and the other from Canada, were sharing a room across the hall. According to a study published Friday in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases by scientists from the University of Hong Kong, neither traveler left his room during the quarantine and no items were shared between the travelers.
The study concluded that “airborne transmission” in the hallway was the most likely way the virus spread between the two people, based on the lack of contact between the travelers, which was confirmed by reviewing surveillance camera footage.
In what appears to be the first known instance of covid-19 in the hippos, two animals in Belgium were quarantined after vets noticed they were “expelling snot.” The coronavirus was found in the animals, according to the Antwerp Zoo.
Imani, 14, and Hermien, 41, the two hippopotamuses who contracted the virus, appear to be in good health and have only minor symptoms, such as runny and sticky notes.
According to the zoo’s vet, Francis Vercammen, “to my knowledge, this is the first time in this species.” According to the CDC, the virus is most commonly found in great apes and cats.
Pei-Yong Shi, a microbiologist, has studied all of the variants, including alpha, beta, gamma, delta, “delta-plus,” lambda, and mu. When the new variant, Omicron, was released, the world was gripped with fear like nothing before it.
He was astounded by the number of mutations as most scientists. He also had a clear plan of action in place.
Professor Shi is the director of a high-containment laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and collaborates extensively with Pfizer. During the Thanksgiving holiday, he and his team began working on a replica of the new variant to test it against vaccine-induced antibodies. But it’s not going to happen in a day: Two weeks to build the omicron replica, a few days to verify that it is an accurate facsimile, and a week to test the virus against blood samples from vaccinated people will be needed to complete the project.
Each day, there are more than 100,000 new cases in the United States.
For the first time in two months, the United States is seeing more than 100,000 new cases of coronavirus each day, as the delta variant continues to predominate while new omicron variant fears persist.
More than 118,000 new cases a day were reported by the Washington Post on Sunday. When the country was seeing over 101,000 new cases every day on Oct. 6, it was the last time it passed 100,000.
Additionally, the number of Americans who are eligible for a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine has risen in recent weeks as concerns grow over the omicron variant.
Rochelle Walensky, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday that the vast majority of new infections in the United States are of the delta variant, despite concerns about omicron.
In the United States, Gilead has issued a recall of remdesivir covid vials due to the presence of contaminated glass in the product.
Due to the “presence of glass particulates,” the American biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences is recalling two lots of its coronavirus treatment drug redeliver.
To treat covid-19 in adults and children over 12, Remdesivir, also known as Veklury, is usually administered intravenously (IV) once a day for a maximum of 10 days.
Glass particulates were found in a customer complaint that was confirmed by the firm’s investigation, according to a statement from Gilead Sciences Inc.
A list of places in the United States where omicron has been found
At least 17 U.S. states have now been infected with the omicron variant, which was discovered in southern Africa last month and has since spread to the rest of the country, according to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.
On ABC News, Walensky said, “We know we have several dozen cases and we’re following them closely, and we are every day hearing about additional or additional probable cases, so that number is likely to rise.” omicron.
Most coronavirus cases in the United States are linked to delta, according to Walensky, and there are still many questions about omicron, such as how it will respond to coronavirus vaccines and existing treatments.
Nevertheless, Walensky stated that the FDA is “already in conversations about streamlining the authorization… of an omicron-specific vaccine” with a view to adjusting the mRNA code of existing vaccines to better protect against the variant if necessary.
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