Do not release your guard even with a ‘mild’ omicron variant, experts say

AUSTIN (KXAN) – There’s a lot of misinformation circulating about COVID-19, you may have heard something from friends or family or even seen something that is not true on social media, but in the end, medical experts are still your best source of information. .

“We are still learning about this virus,” said Dr. Lizbeth Cahuayme, an expert in infectious diseases at Baylor Scott and White Health. “Right now we’re seeing more societal proliferation, we’re seeing more cases, more hospitalizations.”

Some people have described the omicron variant disease as “mild”, but Cahuayme says there is no reason not to.

Omicron can still cause serious illness, hospitalization and even death. Cahuayme said that even if you have mild symptoms, they can last for several months and affect several organs, resulting in what doctors refer to as “long COVID.”

“The report that we get, and what some studies suggest, is that the virus may replicate less in the lungs,” Cahuayme said. “Perhaps the virus replicates more in the upper respiratory tract, which may also contribute to it being more transmissible.”

Cahuayme said early reports show that the omicron is three times more transmissible than the delta and that the virus is still mutating.

“Especially for omicron, what we find is that there are several mutations in the tip proteins, which is a key area that helps the virus bind to the cells in a human,” Cahuayme said.

If you are vaccinated and boosted, you reduce your chances of getting seriously ill with COVID-19, but you can still get the virus.

Researchers are seeing signs that COVID-19’s alarming omicron wave may have peaked in the UK and is doing the same in the US, at which point cases may start to drop dramatically.

The reason? Variants has proved so wildly contagious that it may already be running out of people to infect, only a month and a half after it was first discovered in South Africa.

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