Dec. 1, 2021 a new variant called SARS- CoV-2,which is also known as Omicron was the first case confirmed in America of the new variant. On average 265,000 cases appear everyday in America alone.
With this new virus there are many new things to know, one being how it affects people. Scientists have discovered that Omicron is more contagious than the original COVID-19. Once infected with this virus, vaccinated or not, one can still be infected with the virus and spread it to others around them, according to the CDC official website.
Many questions still remained unanswered with this new variant, but luckily there are ways to be safe and help slow down the spread. Recently, the CDC has recommended that Americans be vaccinated.
The vaccine helps avert the severity of the side effects Omicron unleashes. A reminder that for any child older than five years, the CDC highly recommends that the child be fully vaccinated in order to protect themselves and others. It is also recommended that people 16 years or older get the booster shot after being fully vaccinated.
Wearing a mask is another way the CDC recommends to help protect people. Masks are recommended when indoors and around large crowds of people, even for those who are vaccinated. Thomas Sauls, a physical science teacher here helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 by, “wearing a mask, and spraying the desks after each class dismissal.”
Lastly, staying consistent with being covid-tested is the last way the CDC recommends to help slow the spread. Many places even offer free covid testing during this hard time.