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Omicron COVID variant will reach Utah sooner or later, researchers believe


Kimberly Desmond, a registered nurse, draws a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe in Salt Lake City on September 22. Researchers said on Friday they believed the omicron variant would reach Utah sooner or later. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah health officials say they are closely monitoring the new variant of COVID-19 coming from South Africa, but how worried should we be in the state of? hive? Researchers say it’s likely to happen in Utah, the real question is when.

Officials at the World Health Organization classify the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus in the same category as the highly contagious delta variant. And they believe the newer form of the virus is highly transmissible. However, University of Utah virologist Dr Stephen Goldstein says scientists still have a lot of questions about the omicron, especially since it is so new. For example, they don’t know if the new variant is deadlier than the others.

“We don’t know anything about whether it causes more serious or less serious disease. There are early indications that it can be highly transmissible, although it is really still too early to tell,” he said. he declares.

Goldstein says the omicron is not an offshoot of the delta variant, so researchers are trying to learn as much as they can. He believes the variant will eventually arrive in Utah, but no one knows when.

Should we cancel Christmas plans? Maybe not yet, although doctors still recommend masks, limiting crowd sizes and social distancing to limit any kind of viral spread.

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