The Omicron

Ella Randazzo, Managing Editor

It has been almost two years since the first Covid-19 case was reported in the United States (on 01/20/20), and now after 23 months of struggles regarding the pandemic, a new issue has been introduced… a new variant of this dangerous disease. The Omicron Variant, first reported in South Africa on November 24, 2021, poses a new threat to the safety of our world, and may even be the start to another pandemic. With a few days remaining in November, the United States reported its first official case of the Omicron variant. Though the infected person had received their two shots of the Moderna vaccine, they had not met the 6-month mark to receive a booster, says Dr. Grant Colfax, director of health of the city of San Francisco. 

The Omicron variant has since made its way into New Jersey, having its first case been reported on November 28, with the women who contracted it having just flown in from South Africa, where the variant was first detected. Currently, there have only been two cases of the Omicron variant officially reported in the state of New Jersey, but officials fear a potential spread. Cdc.gov states that this new variant poses a serious threat, as it is more infectious, and will spread even quicker than the original Covid-19 virus. However, its threat and ability to spread in comparison to the Delta variant is still yet unknown.

Research is still in the works to see the vaccine’s success in preventing and/or lessening the severity of symptoms related to the Omicron variant, and much more information still remains unknown about this variant. So, until more specifics are revealed, it is important to still remain cautious, wear a mask in public places, and continue to take precautions in order to steer clear of any further outbreaks.