Variant of Omicron found in at least five US states – .

Variant of Omicron found in at least five US states – .

The Omicron variant of Covid-19, which had not been detected in the United States until the middle of this week, had been discovered in at least five states by the end of Thursday.
Just a day after the discovery of the first known American case in California, tests showed the variant had infected at least five people in the New York metro area plus a man from Minnesota who had attended an anime convention in Manhattan. End of november.

A Colorado woman who had recently traveled to southern Africa, a Hawaii resident with no recent travel history and another California resident who visited South Africa last month were also infected with the variant, said officials.

Much remains unknown about Omicron, including whether it is more contagious, as some health officials suspect, whether it can thwart vaccines, and whether it makes people as sick as the original strain.

Health officials in every state have said there is no reason for undue alarm. But the spread of cases, some involving people who had not left their homes recently, meant the variant was probably already circulating nationally in parts of the country.

“We have to assume that there is a lot more behind this and that it has been around for quite some time,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference with Governor Kathy Hochul.

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