COVID variant of Omicron detected in Massachusetts woman – CBS Boston – .

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COVID variant of Omicron detected in Massachusetts woman – CBS Boston – .


BOSTON (CBS) – The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been found in a Massachusetts woman, the Department of Public Health said on Saturday.
The woman, who is in her 20s, is a Middlesex County resident who has traveled out of state. The woman was fully immunized and did not require hospitalization.

The arrival of Omicron – called a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization – comes as Massachusetts experiences its highest number of coronavirus cases since January.

The first U.S. case of Omicron was detected in California on Wednesday, and several states have reported variant cases since then. President Joe Biden announced measures to combat Omicron and Delta’s current push, including stricter testing requirements for international travelers, ordering insurance companies to cover COVID testing at home, and setting up clinics family vaccination program to encourage vaccination.

Health officials say the majority of Omicron cases appear to be mild so far, but there are also concerns that the variant’s large number of mutations may escape antibody protection, especially for those who already have had a COVID infection. Scientists are working to determine the effectiveness of vaccines against the new variant.

CBS News: What we know – and don’t know – about the Omicron variant

“It’s going to take time, at least a few weeks to get a clearer picture of whether Omicron is more contagious, more dangerous and more resistant to vaccines,” said Dr Mallika Marshall of WBZ-TV. “In the meantime, the best way to protect yourself against Omicron, Delta or other variants of COVID is to get vaccinated. And if you are already vaccinated, give a booster.

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