In the midst of worries over Omicron, LA County urges mask wearing, tests, vaccinations

Amid growing concerns over the new Omicron Variant, Los Angeles County Health Officials urge the public wearing masks in within public settings and at outdoor “mega events” and are vaccinated if the best way to protect against another winter storm.

the variant, first identified in South Africa in the midst of a spike in infections there, has more mutations than scientists have seen, including some die can cause the virus more resistant to immunity generated by previous infections of vaccines. But much is not known, including of the variant is more transferable, results in more severe disease of reduces efficacy of vaccines.

LA County Officials Agree There’s Still Much to Do know over the variant, but “we know enough over COVID to take with you steps now you can reduce handover as we prepare to implement the additional strategies die may be needed to reduce this, better understand new variant of concerns.”

Below the key steps the province insisted in a bulletin:

  • Individuals wear a mask when they enter of being busy outside events and follow inner mask requirements in public place.
  • Isolate residents, as legally required, if they have a positive coronavirus test result, and vaccinated close contacts with symptoms and unvaccinated close contacts in quarantine.
  • Residents who has traveled for the holidays are tested if they have traveled internationally of nasty locations in this country with high transmission speeds, of they participated in meetings and events with big numbers of people, some of die may not have been vaccinated.

The World Health Organization on Friday called the new variant Omicron and quickly classified it as a variant of care. The news asked several countries, including the US, to limit travel from South Africa and other African countries. US travel restrictions last effect Monday.

The variant has also been found in travelers to Israel and Hong Kong; Germany and Italy reported cases Saturday afternoon.

Although scientists can make educated guesses over how the variant behaves based on the genetic structure and the first reports, more testing and observation is necessary.

Although no cases of the Omicron variant has been detected in the United States, many experts say it can already be here, given the lack of the land of systematic genomic sequencing die it would mark.

The first data show that the variant causes mild disease, based on a lot of of the cases followed in South Africa. That would make sense from an evolutionary point of view of viewbecause it is beneficial for a virus to become more contagious but less virulent, said Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, an epidemiologist and infectious disease expert at UCLA Fielding School of Public health.

“When a virus gets so serious that it… killing most people, then it will not travel much, because it needs people die can be transferred to others,” he said. “So in in In a way, the virus tries to increase portability and usually actually does decrease the seriousness of it.”

But while scientists can make educated guesses over . how the variant behaves based on the genetic structure and the first reports, more testing and observation are necessary.

almost 64% of Californians are fully vaccinated, according to The Times vaccine tracker, but that figure is too low to curb an expected fifth wave of COVID-19 this winter. There has been a revival in demand for shots between 5 to 11-year-old and interest in booster shots is rising, but the authorities are concerned over moderate rates of vaccination under young adults.

LA County officials said: in the bulletin that continued vaccinations are essential.

“The most important strategy remains to make sure that everyone aged 5 and older is fully vaccinated of gets his booster dose as soon as possible possible until reduce transfer of the virus currently dominates the entire province. The vaccines are effective against the Delta variant and earlier species of the virus that allows us until remain hopeful that the approved vaccines will also give some protection against Omicron,’ said the province in a statement.

health officials in California also urged caution on Sunday.

“California follows the new Omicron variant, die hasn’t arrived yet in California of the US Vaccines remain our best way through the pandemic by protecting safely us against serious illness from COVID-19 and its variants. we double down on our vaccination and booster efforts to ensure die all Californians have access towards safe, effective and free vaccines die serious illnesses and deathsaid State Public Health Officer and Director of the department of California of Public Health Tomás J. Aragon in a statement.

Officials said they were “preparing to increase airport COVID-19 testing” in all of California” for US Citizens and Legal Residents die returning from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.”

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