Omicron Now the Most Dominant Strain of COVID-19 in the US

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As many states and cities see a surge in COVID-19 infections, omicron has become the dominant COVID-19 variant in the U.S. 

The latest COVID-19 variant, titled omicron, is now the dominant strain of the virus in the United States, according to data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

The delta variant was previously the most dominant strain of the virus, but the highly-transmissible omicron swept in and now accounts for 73% of the latest COVID-19 cases, CNBC reported.  

Dutch health officials reported cases of the strain in mid-November, but South African scientists identified omicron and reported it to global health authorities, BNC previously reported. As a result, several African countries were targeted with global travel bans. 

On Dec. 1, the first U.S. case of the omicron variant was discovered in California. This came as the World Health Organization designated it as a “variant of concern.”  

New York City is experiencing a surge of omicron infections and Mayor Bill de Blasio expects it to be difficult. “It’s going to be a very challenging few weeks,” he said. “But the good news is based on what our healthcare leadership understands, at this moment, we are talking about a matter of weeks.”  

Biden tweeted about rising cases on Monday, saying, “Folks, Omicron cases are on the rise in the United States. I want to give you all a sense of where we are and what we know.”  

Symptoms related to the omicron variant are different than other strains, according to Huffpost. They include congestion, a sore throat, body aches and fatigue.  

RELATED: Vaccine Inequity Contributed to Emergence of Omicron COVID-19 Variant  

Public health officials continue to advocate for vaccines as the best way to protect oneself against the virus and the various strains. According to The Hill, in Harris County, Texas, an unvaccinated man with underlying health conditions became the first U.S. death linked to the omicron variant.  

According to data from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine COVID-19 tracker, as of Dec. 21, the United States has had more than 51 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 807,000 COVID-related deaths.  

RELATED: US Hits Grim Milestone, 800,000 COVID-19 Deaths 

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