JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Health experts warn a new ‘wave of omicron’ could cause infections to spike across the globe sharply over the next month, as people travel during the holiday season.
Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute and one of the developers of the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine, said omicron is unique compared to all the other variants scientists have studied so far.
âFirstly, she has a lot of mutations more than any other strain that worries us. So this is bad news for a possible Omicron wave, âsaid vaccinology professor Adrian Hill.
To protect yourself from the latter variant, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr.Anthony Fauci, says to get vaccinated, take boosters and wear a mask if you choose to congregate in one. large covered place, like the airport.
âThere is every reason to believe that if you get the vaccine and boosted, you would most likely have some degree of cross-protection against serious disease and even against the omicron variant,â Fauci said.
The arrival of the highly mutated omicron variant in the United States is not expected to nullify year-end vacation plans for fully vaccinated Americans traveling the country, the country’s top doctor has said.
âIf you are vaccinated and your family is vaccinated, enjoy the holidays,â Fauci said.
The World Health Organization has issued recommendations that the following demographics prevent international travel:
People who have not contracted COVID-19
Anyone with underlying conditions that put them at increased risk for severe symptoms of COVID
Individuals over 60 years old
Even before the omicron variant, the CDC recommended delaying travel plans until you were fully immunized. This rule is still encouraged even more now.
If you are traveling abroad for vacation, consider that country’s coronavirus protocols as well – and that protocols could change while you’re there.
The United States requires negative COVID-19 tests for international travelers within one day of entering the country.
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