The patient was fully vaccinated and had mild symptoms.
A person in California has tested positive for the new COVID-19 variant, which was first identified by researchers in South Africa.
A person in California has the nation’s first confirmed case of the new omicroncoronavirusvariant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.The unidentified individual was a traveler who returned from South Africa to the U.S. on Nov. 22. The case was confirmed by the California and San Francisco departments of public health, according to the CDC.
“The individual, who was fully vaccinated and had mild symptoms that are improving, is self-quarantining and has been since testing positive. All close contacts have been contacted and have tested negative,” the CDC said in a statement.The traveler, who is a San Francisco resident, developed COVID-19 symptoms on Nov. 25 and got tested on Nov. 28, revealing a positive test result the following day, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said at a press conference Wednesday.
The nation's first case of the omicron coronavirus variant was detected in a San Francisco resident, the CDC announced Wednesday. United Airlines passengers wait in line to register at the SFO COVID-19 rapid testing site at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. (Photo: via Associated Press) headtopics.com
“We are not surprised by this. This was predictable. This was predicted,” he said.At a White House press conference immediately following news of the variant’s confirmed arrival in the U.S., Dr. Anthony Fauci said he did not believe that the traveler had received a booster shot. He advised Americans to get vaccinated and to get booster shots to help prevent the virus’s spread and serious disease. He also encouraged people to continue practicing virus mitigation measures, including wearing masks.
“Just do all of the things that we’ve been talking about up to now. For those who haven’t been doing that, start doing that. For those who have been, continue doing that,” said Fauci, who is the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden. “Let’s utilize and implement the tools that we have. Because if we had done that, if we had the overwhelming majority of people in this country vaccinated and those who needed to be boosted boosted, our vulnerability would be much less than it is now.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, at a White House press conference on Thursday, encouraged Americans to get vaccinated and booster shots to help prevent the virus's spread and severe disease. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque via Reuters)Fauci said he was not aware of the CDC investigating any other potential omicron cases in the U.S.
The World Health Organization has described omicron, which was first identified by researchers in South Africa, as a “.”Story continuesThere is much that is still not known about this form of the virus, including whether it’s more transmissible than other variants, whether it’s more likely to cause serious illness, and whether it’s better able to evade immune protection. headtopics.com
Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, said Sunday that it wouldfor scientists to find answers.Read more: Yahoo Singapore »