MONDAY, Dec. 27, 2021 (HealthDay Information) – Beginning Dec. 31, the US will raise journey restrictions from eight international locations in southern Africa.
The restrictions had been first introduced in late November in response to considerations about Omicron, the brand new extremely contagious variant of COVID-19. Omicron was noticed first in southern Africa.
The restrictions had been directed at journey from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. Americans or lawful everlasting residents weren’t restricted by the restrictions, however nonetheless wanted to have a damaging take a look at previous to touring.
“On Dec. 31, @POTUS will raise the short-term journey restrictions on Southern Africa international locations. This resolution was advisable by @CDCgov,” White Home spokesman Kevin Munoz mentioned on Twitter. “The restrictions gave us time to know Omicron and we all know our current vaccines work towards Omicron, [especially] boosted.”
Whereas Omicron has much more mutations than beforehand detected variants, early knowledge from South Africa and the UK suggests sufferers face a decrease threat of hospitalization with this specific variant. It could be that Omicron is milder or it may very well be that extra folks have some immunity from prior infections or vaccination, CBS Information reported.
Absolutely vaccinated and boosted people are having extra breakthrough infections, however they appear to be “doing higher usually than…previously,” mentioned Dr. Jon LaPook, CBS Information’ chief medical correspondent. Nonetheless, he warned, “you could have waning immunity, particularly towards Omicron” and he suggested that individuals get boosters to considerably elevate their immunity.
Omicron has additionally unfold quickly by the US and Europe. Most COVID-19 instances in the US are actually because of this variant.
It’s nonetheless unclear what impact Omicron will finally have in the US, although drug producers have mentioned research present a number of the present therapies have continued effectiveness in treating it.
The World Well being Group had denounced the journey restrictions once they had been introduced.
The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has extra on COVID-19.
SOURCE: CBS Information