Experts say it is too early to worry about the Omicron variant in the US – but that people should still take precautions to protect themselves from the new strain AND the Delta variant 

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  • Experts tell DailyMail.com it’s too early to worry about newly discovered Omicron COVID-19 variant
  • People should still take precautions, though even more so to protect themselves from the delta variant, such as getting vaccinated and washing their hands.
  • Other forms also cause initial panic for Americans before they don’t materialize into a real threat, one expert notes.
  • The Omicron variant was first discovered by South African health officials last week, and has been detected in 20 countries – although so far the U.S.

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The new Omicron COVID-19 variant has managed to dominate the headlines and American consciousness over the past week, despite the strain yet to be detected in the US.

The variant was first discovered in South Africa last week, and is believed to have originated in Botswana.

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It has more than 50 mutations, including more than 30 on its spike protein, leading some to believe it may have survived the vaccine.

Experts tell DailyMail.com that it is too early for Americans to worry about this variant, although they should still take basic COVID precautions, mainly to protect themselves from the major Delta variant.

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An expert tells DailyMail.com that Americans may not have to worry too much about the new Omicron COVID variant just yet, but they should still take some precautions to protect themselves from the Delta strain. Image: A man wears a mask at an airport in Lisbon, Portugal, in front of a public health notice on November 30

“It’s too early to worry,” Dr Chris Thompson, an immunologist at Loyola University Maryland, told DailyMail.com.

Thompson says there have been other mutations of the virus that have caused panic, but nothing has happened.

The beta version, for example, was the second named mutation of covid, and many feared that when it was first discovered in late 2020 it would trigger the pandemic again.

In late summer, development of the mu version began in the United States, and there were fears that it might evade vaccine protection.

Like the beta, the Mu also quietly disappeared in the US without causing many problems, and failed to overtake the Delta version.

When the public was first warned about them, both forms caused unnecessary panic, and Thompson feels this time can be avoided if Omicron never appears to be in danger.

Instead, Americans and more importantly health officials should wait until more information becomes available.

‘We don’t know’ [much] Still,’ he said.

‘We will need some time for the epidemiological data to come in.

‘The early stuff from South Africa is saying it’s a very mild infection. Then other epidemiological data will come out and we will know a little bit more about how fast it spreads and how easy it is to transmit.’

While there is some early data available, he says it could take months for experts to really determine how dangerous the variant is for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, and how contagious it is compared to the delta version.

The discovery of the Omicron variant initially shocked and worried some health experts.

The number of mutations in the variant is more than any existing covid variant.

Mutations on the spike protein are of particular concern, as it is the part of the virus that current COVID vaccines target.

A highly mutated spike protein can make a person resistant to antibodies from vaccination, and put them at risk of infection.

However, there are some early promising signs.

BioNTech co-founder Dr Ugra Sahin said on Tuesday that he believes Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients are still protected from serious complications from the virus, even though Omicron puts them at increased risk of a successful infection.

The edition has so far been indexed in 20 countries, including the UK and Canada.

While there isn’t a confirmed case yet, Thompson and many other health experts agree that it will still take time for it to be confirmed if it has found its way into the country.

He believes that Americans should still take some precautions, however, not only to protect against Omicron’s potential, but to protect themselves from the still dominant and actively circulating Delta variant.

The delta variant remains the dominant strain around the world, and almost all new cases are currently being reported in the US.

The highly contagious variant is still more of a threat to Americans than Omicron at this point.

‘Anything you can do to reduce the spread of the disease will be beneficial,’ he said.

,[The new variant] It’s a great reminder to make sure you’re washing your hands, that your social distancing when it’s appropriate, that you’re wearing your mask if you’re around people who are immunocompromised, or if you’re Are in an area where you may be exposed to COVID.

‘And if you haven’t been vaccinated, really consider [getting the shot],

Americans should also start thinking about ventilation, especially in the winter months where heat is being dissipated inside the home, and the air inside is drier.

An expert tells DailyMail.com that the virus spreads easily through dry air because human air waves in dry air make the body's air waves less clean, making it easier to get infected.  Image: COVID-19 virus pictured under a microscope

An expert tells DailyMail.com that the virus spreads easily through dry air because human air waves in dry air make the body’s air waves less clean, making it easier to get infected. Image: COVID-19 virus pictured under a microscope

Dr. David Edwards, an aerosol scientist at Harvard University and the inventor of FEND, a nasal spray designed to prevent infection with COVID, told DailyMail.com that moisturizing the air – and our upper airways as well – Can help stop the spread of the virus. ,

A person with moist airwaves is less likely to contract the virus because their body is doing less natural cleaning of the area, giving COVID particles an easier route to infection.

He said the use of a humidifier, which saturates the water in the air, can be a boon for anyone who does not have immunity.

Edwards also thinks that keeping the air circulating…

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