February 6, 2023

First U.S. Case Of Omicron COVID-19 Strain Found In California

The omicron COVID-19 variant has discovered its option to California

On Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci confirmed {that a} traveler who lately flew to South Africa had examined optimistic for the brand new pressure. The particular person returned to California on November twenty second and examined optimistic on November twenty ninth. They’ve obtained their COVID-19 vaccine however not the booster shot and are stated to be experiencing “mild symptoms,” although their situation is enhancing whereas they self-quarantine. Well being officers have spoken with everybody who had shut contact with the contaminated particular person. Fortunately, all of them examined unfavourable. 

“We knew that it was just a matter of time before the first case of omicron would be detected in the United States,” Fauci stated.

By means of genome sequencing carried out on the College of California at San Francisco, California and San Francisco, public well being companies decided that the omicron variation triggered the case. The sequence was then confirmed by the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.


This primary case of the pressure comes as america is banning individuals touring from South Africa, the place the variant was initially recognized, although little is understood about it.

Scientists are nonetheless scrambling to find out about omicron, together with whether or not or not it’s extra contagious than different COVID-19 strains. The largest concern is figuring out how efficient the present vaccines are in opposition to omicron. Fauci expects extra to be revealed concerning the pressure inside the subsequent two to 4 weeks as scientists conduct testing.