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Omicron: What We Know, What We Don’t

Omicron is a variant of the COVID-19 virus first reported in late November in South Africa. Here is everything we know about it so far.

What We Know About Omicron

  • Omicron is not proven to be more transmissible than other strains of the COVID-19 virus, including Delta.  

  • Omicron is not proven to cause more severe COVID-19 cases than other variants. Doctors report extremely “mild symptoms” for those who test positive with Omicron. 

  • Virus mutations are normal and not necessarily a threat.

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"There is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with omicron are different from those from other variants," WHO said.

 

It said there's no evidence that COVID vaccines, tests and treatments are any less effective against the new version. 

What To Do

  • COVID vaccines have proven the best way to decrease the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19. 

  • Frequent hand washing can also help protect you from infection.

More Info

 

  • For the time being, there is very limited information on the Omicron variant. Scientists are actively investigating it and will publish more information when they can. 

  • For the time being, there is very limited information on the Omicron variant. Scientists are actively investigating it and will publish more information when they can. 

  • Latest on vaccines and the Omicron variant.