PLYMPTON (CBS) – Omicron will become the dominant strain of coronavirus in the US within six to eight weeks, according to Dr. Stephen Kissler, a researcher in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard TH Chan School of Health. community health.
Kissler told reporters that scientists should know more about our immune response to Omicron in the next week or two, but clues about its transmissibility and severity could take a long time. more time.
“I would predict that breakout infections will become more common with the Omicron variant, and that is based on some of the early information we got from South Africa,” Kissler said.
At this time, only one case of the Omicron variant has been detected in Massachusetts. Officials say the Delta variant is behind the holiday spike that saw the state record 3,720 new cases and 51 deaths, according to the latest data.
One of the towns with a spike in cases is Plympton.
“Now, historically in this town, we’ve been somewhere positive rates of 2 to 3 percent. In the last week, we’ve grown to almost 12%,” said Plympton Fire Chief Stephen Silva.
Silva added that COVID in the community has not been linked to more hospitalizations. Instead, he says his EMS staff are seeing the secondary effects of the pandemic.
“We see marginal issues with COVID, increased behavioral health problems, suicide attempts, increased drug and alcohol use. It’s global,” said Silva.
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