It has been almost two years since the first reports of the coronavirus crisis came out. Back then, no one knew the impact the virus would have on normal life. About two years later, it is clear that the pandemic has disrupted what people knew as normal, with lockdowns every other day tying up people in their houses.
2021 has witnessed massive vaccination drives never seen before in history, current estimates show that the world has given out over 8.34 billion doses—an impressive feat. However, the emergence of new variants, previously the Alpha variant, then the Delta variant and now the recently discovered Omicron variant are continuing to cause anxiety.
It won’t be surprising to see more New Yorkers grow zkittlez seeds for sale while indoors to help ease anxiety. For those familiar with the plant, it will be a worthwhile activity to safeguard mental health, as hobbies will help cope with all the negative news expected about the new variant.
What Is The Omicron Variant?
Detected first on November 11 in Botswana, it is the latest variant that is continuing to make public health officials restless. On November 14, South Africa became the first among other countries to detect the variant within its borders—currently, it has spread in more places, including the United States.
The variant has evolved so much from the original strain, first detected in Wuhan, China. It has led to a rethink of vaccination strategies all over the world, with additional measures imposed to stop the spread. Some scientists are showing concern about the efficacy of the current vaccines in neutralizing the new variant.
Like all coronavirus mutations in the past, the ones in Omicron make it more infectious. The latest reports show that most diagnostics still detect the variant, even as some widely used PCR tests have shown some concerning revelations. The widely used tests cannot pick up the S gene in the Omicron variant, a phenomenon scientists are calling the “S gene target failure.” The inability to pick the S gene is the current marker for identifying Omicron spread in populations.
The new variant has led to panic everywhere in the world, including New York, judging from the immediate measures, especially on travel, put in place by several governments worldwide. Over the last few days, the WHO has called the new restrictions premature, as no sufficient data still exists about the new variant to back the decisions.
Is Omicron in the United States?
The United States reported its first Omicron case in early December. One of the first cases was of a Minnesota man who had attended an anime convention in New York City. The man attended the event in a group of 30, with about 15 of his friends also contracting the virus. While it is clear he had the Omicron variant, public health officials are yet to determine whether his friends also had the new variant.
The convention had tens of thousands of people, most of whom did not take a test afterward, prompting questions of the degree of Omicron spread in the United States of America. However, health officials in Minnesota are working round the clock to understand the situation to avoid further spread.
Days ago, the Minnesota health department collaborated with the CDC and the New York health officials to contact people at the convention. Knowing the status of every person in the anime event will help limit the spread of the highly contagious variant that might likely reverse the gains in the otherwise successful vaccination program in the United States. Though officials have acted on the Omicron case from this event, they expect future growth in the number of omicron cases elsewhere.
Public health officials and the government have called for calmness after the news of the Omicron strain in New York State.New strains have caused anxiety among New Yorkers, with worry about the efficacy of vaccines waning. Caring for indoor plants and other hobbies will probably help calm people while indoors.