State of Georgia identifies two residents with Covid-19 Omicron

NORTH GEORGIA, (WDEF) – The State of Georgia has identified two residents that have tested positive for the omicron variant-both having recently traveled from South Africa. 

Though Georgia has two residents with Omicron, only one is actually in the state. The other was the first resident to be identified but is New Jersey. 

Both residents are self isolating.

Experts say variants will continue to pop up if we don’t get a handle on the virus. 

“We gotta get back to what we started before we had a vaccine like hand washing, social distancing if you are going to be in a crowded place wear a mask. I know we got tired of wearing a mask and that’s changed and we’re less cautious but with this variant as contiguous as it has the potential to be-I think we have to go back to the basics,” says Ashley Deverell, Immunization Coordinator at North Georgia Health District.

Scientists are continuing to study the Omicron variant to determine how quickly and easily it spreads, how it affects the severity of the illness, and how well it responds to current COVID vaccines.

“There’s no lab test to tell you home much of a problem the particular variant will cause. It will take a while for us to know the true extent. It is probably in most parts of the United States in this present time-spreading,” Dr. David Angus, CBS News Medical Contributor. 

With the holidays and a new variant upon us, many are concerned about another holiday surge.

“What we are going to see over the next couple of weeks is that it will peak in the beginning January to mid-January Omicron. Really what we are going to see over the next 3-4 weeks is a dramatic increase in the number of cases of Omicron. It’s a perfect storm: the weather getting colder, people getting together for holidays, covid fatigue,& omicron is here. All of this together makes it worrisome,” says Dr. Angus.

With both of the Georgia residents having been fully vaccinated-experts predict that testing will be one of the best weapons in understanding Omicron. 

“It’s going to push us back to testing. I do encourage someone especially if they are symptomatic and have plans coming up this holiday season to get a PCR test. The biggest message of the holidays is if you are sick stay home. We know you want to celebrate with your family but there is potential there to spread illness,” says Deverell. 

CDC Omicron Information.

 

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