The new variant of the novel coronavirus, Omicron, is known to be one of the fastest transmitting variants of the deadly covid 19 virus and is becoming prevalent in almost all parts of the world.
Tests Maximize As Omicron Spreads Throughout the U.S.
According to the World Health Organization, in areas of community transmission, the speed of the spread of this virus is such that the number of cases is known to double in 3 days time duration which is a major concern for the medical agencies to cater to the increasing cases.
In the US, states like New York, New Jersey, and California are seeing a rapid uptick in the number of Omicron cases detected. Based on information received from the New York City Health Commissioner, the 7-day average of the number of new Covid-19 cases detected in the country has tripled compared to that in the previous month and the positivity rate has doubled in just 4 days.
Earlier the Governor of New York City Kathy Hochul acknowledged that the chances of community transmission of the omicron variant are very high.
In response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, also known as a variant of concern the White House has been pushing to make a greater number of tests accessible to the US citizens and the response from the citizens have been great because of the Christmas Holiday season and people will be traveling to their home to celebrate the auspicious day.
As per the Public health care centers, testing is the core behind our fight against the new variant because without testing there is no way people will isolate themselves. So, effectively, if people don’t test for the virus, there is a greater risk of the spread of the virus and due to the mild symptoms of the omicron strain, people might ignore the cancer of getting covid 19.
As the holiday season is fast approaching, people want to visit their homes and want to be double sure before embarking upon their journey to meet their loving families. As a result, more people are conducting tests for the virus so that they can protect their loved ones from being infected. This variant has a very strong hold on the kids and young children also.
As a result, there are long lines for testing in New York City and other locations in the United States. According to the healthcare officials of New York state, close to 13% to 15% of the new cases in the city are of the Omicron variant while the other cases are of the delta variant and this rate has been giving nightless sleep to the medical agencies.
In order to ensure a greater supply of Covid-19 tests, the US FDA is in the process to authorize more tests from companies like Siemens, Roche that have already submitted relevant information to the FDA to analyze the results and data through their research.