Could Omicron cause less severe COVID infections? There's optimism but also worry

Concerns remain about how transmissible Omicron may be.

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Some health officials are calling it a hopeful sign that the first people known to be infected with the Omicron variant have had mild symptoms of COVID-19 but still warned that it is far too early to understand the implications of this coronavirus variant.

Concerns remain about how transmissible Omicron may be.

The Omicron variant appears to be driving a dramatic COVID surge in South Africa, providing a glimpse of where the pandemic might be headed globally.In California, local health officials and scientists said the best way to prepare for Omicron is for unvaccinated people to get their shots and for vaccinated people to get their booster shots, if they are eligible to do so. Even if it turns out that the vaccines are less effective against Omicron, having a higher level of antibodies —

particularly following a booster shot— could still provide decent protection against severe illness from COVID-19, Fauci has said.Getting vaccinated and boosted is “the most effective tool we have to protect you from severe illness,” said Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong, a deputy health officer for Orange County.

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Omicron-stricken South Africa may offer a glimpse into the pandemic future The Omicron variant appears to be driving a dramatic COVID surge in South Africa, providing a glimpse of where the pandemic might be headed globally. In California, local health officials and scientists said the best way to prepare for Omicron is for unvaccinated people to get their shots and for vaccinated people to get their booster shots, if they are eligible to do so. Even if it turns out that the vaccines are less effective against Omicron, having a higher level of antibodies — particularly following a booster shot — could still provide decent protection against severe illness from COVID-19, Fauci has said. Getting vaccinated and boosted is “the most effective tool we have to protect you from severe illness,” said Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong, a deputy health officer for Orange County. Eight confirmed Omicron cases identified among California residents appear to have resulted in relatively mild symptoms. All of the residents had been vaccinated, and the patients whose ages have been identified are all younger than 50. Five new Omicron cases were reported Friday night. They involved vaccinated residents of Alameda County who attended a wedding in Wisconsin on Nov. 27. All of them had mild symptoms of COVID-19. Seven additional people, who also live in Alameda County, were linked to the cluster of cases, but officials haven’t yet identified the variant responsible for their infections. One of the 12 wedding guests had recently returned from an international trip, according to a statement provided by the Alameda County Public Health Department. Of the dozen infected residents, all are vaccinated and between the ages of 18 to 49. Most of them had received boosters, and none have required hospitalization. How big a threat is the Omicron variant of coronavirus? Here’s what we know The recent discovery of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has upended the outlook for a pandemic that was expected to get worse over the winter. Omicron has also been detected in recent travelers who live in Los Angeles County and San Francisco. All were vaccinated, and none have reported severe illness. The first L.A. County resident’s symptoms are improving without medical care. That person’s infection was most likely travel-related, health officials said, as the resident had returned to L.A. after flying to South Africa via London on Nov. 22. A small number of close contacts have tested negative and have no symptoms. On Monday, officials reported the county’s case: a USC student who had recently returned from the East Coast. The student had mild COVID-19 symptoms and is self-isolating. Close contacts who have been identified are quarantining and being tested for infection. The San Francisco resident, described only as someone between the ages of 18 and 49, had only mild symptoms, was not hospitalized and has already recovered. The resident recently traveled to South Africa, returned home Nov. 22 and became symptomatic on or around Thanksgiving. Close contacts of the resident