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Local doctors believe the omicron variant could soon reach Colorado

DENVER (KDVR) – A new coronavirus variant has been found in parts of Europe and Africa but doctors in Colorado say they’re already working to track it locally.

Doctors believe the omicron variant of the coronavirus will eventually reach Colorado.

Nasal swabs, or PCR tests, are what doctors say they are using to track new variants of the coronavirus.

“What they do is they will randomly select the COVID PCR test samples that have been sent in,” Dr. Carrie Horn said.

Horn, medical director of National Jewish Health, said the COVID-positive samples would then have their genome sequenced.

“(We) try to see, if that matches the original version of the virus or the delta variant, or does it match one of the newly identified variants, or is it completely different,” said Horn. speak.

The recent travel restrictions are a measure to prevent any new variant from spreading faster than can be traced.

“Given the way people move in our society and how global we are as a society, it’s really hard to follow that,” Horn said.

Horn says contact tracing is one way they can control the location of any new variation at a given time.

“If there are many cases where people say ‘Oh, I’ve been in this place,’ that could give us clues about transmission,” Horn said.

Predicting the undesirable outcome of the omicron variant to Colorado will help medical professionals prepare to treat and identify its traces.

“There’s a chance it’s already here or else it’ll be here very soon,” Horn said.

There is concern that the virus may be resistant to current methods of prevention.

“The concern is that if it has mutated too far, your vaccine might be a little less effective,” says Horn.

Tracing any cases of the omicron variant, or any new variant, is a mission Horn said the state has got healthcare workers like her ready to handle.

“When the omicron finally arrives, we’ll be ready to identify and capture it,” Horn said.

The best thing you can do is get a full vaccination and booster shot, says Horn.

Anyone over the age of 18 in Colorado is currently eligible.

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Emma Bowman

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