A man in California has the nation’s first confirmed case of the new omicron. coronavirus edition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.
The unidentified person was a passenger who had returned to the US from South Africa on November 22. According to the CDC, the case was confirmed by the Public Health Department of California and San Francisco.
“The person, who was fully vaccinated and had mild symptoms which were improving, is self-quarantined and has since tested positive. All close contacts have been contacted and tested negative, the CDC said in a statement.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said at a news conference on Wednesday that the passenger, who is a San Francisco resident, developed COVID-19 symptoms on November 25 and was tested on November 28, revealing a positive test result.
“We are not surprised by this. It was predictable. It was predicted,” he said.
At a White House press conference shortly after news of the variant’s arrival in the US was confirmed, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he did not believe the passenger had received a booster shot. He advised Americans to get vaccinated and get booster shots to help prevent the spread of the virus and serious illness. He also encouraged people to continue practicing virus mitigation measures, including wearing masks.
“Just do all the things we’ve been talking about so far. For the people who haven’t, start doing that. For the people who have been, keep doing it,” Fauci said , who is the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden. “Let’s use and implement the tools we have. Because if we did that, if we had the majority of people in this country vaccinated and who needed a boost, our vulnerability would be much less than it is now.
Fauci said he was not aware of the CDC investigating any other potential Omicron cases in the US
The World Health Organization describes Omicron, first identified by researchers in South Africa, as a “type of anxiety,
Much is still not known about this form of the virus, including whether it is more contagious than other types, whether it is more likely to cause serious illness, and whether it is better able to evade immune defenses. Is.
Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said on Sunday that it would may take two to three weeks Scientists to find the answer.
on Friday, White House announced that it would restrict travelers from many southern African countries, even despite a growing number of countries in other parts of the world, including Canada And United KingdomCases that have been confirmed.
Fauci said Wednesday that White House health officials had “struggled” to enforce the travel ban, but argued it was a temporary way to buy time to prepare for the edition’s arrival.
“I hope this will be sorted out and removed before it has any significant impact,” he told a reporter interrogating Zimbabwe.