Omicron Arrived in Alberta. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Panic over the New Variant!

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“I’m reporting we have now one confirmed case of the omicron variant in Alberta.”

Dr. Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health

On November 30, Alberta’s first case of the omicron variant was confirmed. According to Dr. Hindshaw, the individual tested positive while asymptomatic.

What is the Omicron variant?
  • Omicron was first discovered in southern Africa .
  • In late November, the World Health Organization named the variant B.1.1.529 “Omicron”.
  • At the same time, it was designated as a variant of concern.
What do we know so far about the Omicron variant?
  • Researchers around the world are conducting studies to better understand Omicron.
  • As of Nov 28, it is not yet clear whether Omicron is more easily spread from person to person, AND
  • It is not clear whether infection with Omicron causes more severe disease than other variants.
Here is why we shouldn’t panic over the Omicron variant:
  • The arrival of this variant in Alberta was anticipated from our previous experience with COVID-19 strains.
  • The province is has already ramped up the tracing and testing of COVID-19 cases among returning international travellers.
  • The variant is easily detectable through testing.
  • Some vaccine manufacturers are already working on a modified shot.
  • Government of Canada has expanded the list of countries with entry prohibitions on Nov 30.
  • Alberta indoor social gathering restrictions are still in place to protect you and your loved ones.

Word of the Day

Ramp up: to increase the level or amount of something aggressively

Reference:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/deena-hinshaw-covid-19-alberta-1.6268276

https://www.who.int/news/item/28-11-2021-update-on-omicron

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/why-you-shouldnt-panic-over-the-omicron-variant

https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/manitoba-experts-saying-not-to-panic-over-new-omicron-covid-19-variant-1.5687110