PLYMPTON (CBS) – Omicron will grow to be the dominant pressure of the coronavirus within the U.S. in as little as 6 to eight weeks, in line with Dr. Stephen Kissler, a analysis fellow within the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Kissler instructed reporters that scientists ought to know extra about our immune response to Omicron within the subsequent week or two however clues to its transmissibility and severity may take longer.
“I anticipate that breakthrough infections will become even more common with the Omicron variant and that’s based off of some of the early information that we’re getting from South Africa,” Kissler mentioned.
At this level, just one case of the Omicron variant has been found in Massachusetts. Officials say the Delta variant is behind a vacation surge inflicting the state to log 3,720 new instances and 51 deaths, in line with the newest knowledge.
One of the cities that has seen a surge in instances is Plympton.
“Now, historically in this town we’ve been somewhere between 2 and 3 percent positivity rate. In the last week we’ve jumped to almost 12 percent,” mentioned Plympton Fire Chief Stephen Silva.
Silva says extra COVID locally has not correlated to extra hospitalizations but. Instead, he says his EMS employees are seeing the secondary results of the pandemic.
“We see the fringe issues with COVID, increases in behavioral health problems, suicide attempts, increases in drug and alcohol use. That is global,” Silva mentioned.