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Oklahoma doctor concerned about potential omicron parties

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The director of the Tulsa County Health Department said he had heard of Oklahomans allegedly holding “Omicron parties” to knowingly be infected with the COVID-19 variant.

Oklahoma health leaders told KFOR it was a bad idea.

“I’m getting people texting me through Facebook and other places where people are having Omicron parties to get in touch. Don’t do that. Absolutely don’t do it,” said Dr. Bruce Dart, Executive Director of the Tulsa County Health Department.

While many may think the Omicron COVID-19 variant is mild, Dr Dart said the “mild” world is relative.

“No one wants to find out for themselves whether they have a particular mild case,” Dr. Dart said. “We know that this makes a lot of people very, very heavy.”

“We are still overwhelming our health care system, due to Omicron’s current hospitalizations and ventilatory support and deaths,” said Dr. Mary Clarke, president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association. death.

Dr. Clarke said the idea of ​​this intentional infection comes from an age-old practice with Chickenpox. However, there is a big difference. Dr. Clarke said COVID-19 is much more dangerous.

“The virulence of COVID-19 is much higher than chickenpox was thought to be,” said Dr. Clarke.

Not only that, Dr. Clarke wants Oklahomans to think about the sequence of events when so many people have COVID. Schools become virtual or closed, businesses close and flights cancelled.

“It’s not just a disease for people and families,” she said. “That’s the total socioeconomic cost of that one infection and is exaggerated, multiplied by 100 million times.”

So far, the doctor says that she doesn’t have any direct knowledge of the “Omicron Party”. The idea started floating around at the start of the pandemic.

“I wonder, you know, if this is starting to get a bit urban legend?” she speaks.

Either way, she says we already have the best way to fight COVID and it’s much more effective than natural immunity.

“It’s called a vaccine,” she said. “Natural immunity declines rapidly. It started to decrease within three months, 90 days. ”

Studies have shown protective immunity from vaccines to last about six months.

https://kfor.com/news/local/oklahoma-doctor-concerned-about-potential-omicron-parties/ Oklahoma doctor concerned about potential omicron parties

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