As the Omicron strain raged over the world and was likely to take over as the dominant strain in the United States, US health officials warned Americans on Sunday to obtain booster shots, wear masks, and be cautious if they travel over the Christmas holidays.
On Sunday, two US senators, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, both Democrats, revealed they had tested positive for Covid-19 but were only suffering minor symptoms.
The number of Omicron cases will increase rapidly in the next two weeks, according to Dr. Francis Collins, head of the National Institutes of Health.
“A key message for today is that if you’ve received your immunizations and booster, you’re well protected against Omicron causing serious illness. So, if you’re one of the 60% of Americans who are eligible for a booster but haven’t yet received one, now is the week to get one. Do not postpone, “he stated Omicron is rapidly growing, making Covid-19 immunizations and booster doses more important than ever, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, senior White House medical adviser. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 27 percent of US people have not had even a single dose of vaccination.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated, “It’s absolutely racing over the world.” So far, Omicron has been discovered in 43 of the 50 US states, as well as in more than 90 nations.