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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Connecticut’s COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped to just under 6%, according to state statistics released Tuesday.

Nations around the world are rushing to identify the number of cases of the Omicron Covid-19 variant they have, as fears about the new restraining force g…

The number came as health experts around the world continue to closely monitor the new variant of omicron.

Japan and France confirmed their first cases of the variant overnight. This brought the number of countries reporting cases to 19, including Canada.

Travel restrictions are tightened in many countries.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday morning he had no plans to impose new mask warrants or travel restrictions because most residents are vaccinated.

Doctors have said the COVID vaccine is the best line of defense against the new strain.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stepped up its recommendation on boosters and urged Americans to get more vaccinated.

WHO warns new virus variant poses

GENEVA (AP) – The World Health Organization warned on Monday that the global risk of the omicron variant is “very high” based on early evidence …

While there have not yet been any confirmed cases in the United States, health officials have said the omicron variant is likely already present.

The World Health Organization has warned that the resulting global risk is “very high.”

“This variant is a cause for concern, not a cause of panic,” President Joe Biden told Americans on Monday.

The omicron variant was first discovered by researchers in South Africa.

Scientists rushed to answer questions about whether the variant poses a greater threat to the world.

Local health experts and the public remain cautious as global Omicron variant cases rise

(WFSB) – The Omicron variant is not in Connecticut at the moment, but state officials and doctors are on the lookout.

“We know so far that this variant has many mutations, many more than other variants,” said Dr David Banach, Infection Prevention Officer, Infectious Diseases at UConn Health. “But we are still trying to learn the meaning of these different mutations.”

There are several key questions physicians strive to answer.

“[The first question is] does this variant seem more contagious, more transmissible between individuals? Banach said. “The second question is whether this causes more serious illness in those infected? “

Scientists are also trying to better understand the effectiveness of vaccines to protect against this new strain.

In Waterbury, where health officials are seeing a steady rise in cases, around 62% of the city has a dose of the COVID vaccine, while around 55% are fully vaccinated.

It’s pretty close to the state as a whole.

Some health experts say skipping a second dose can drastically reduce effectiveness down the line.

“It will be reduced by about 40 to 50 percent, depending on the study you read,” said Dr. Karl Minges, acting dean of the School of Health Sciences at New Haven University.

Waterbury’s health director said to achieve some herd immunity people had to follow.

“Remember that you are not finished once you take a dose. You have to go through the full series. Get your first dose, get your second dose, don’t stop at just one dose. Unless you do. do the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, ”said Aisling McGuckin, director of the Waterbury health department.

Doctors say it doesn’t matter if your second dose goes beyond the three or four week period.

Even months apart.

Health officials are reminding people of the importance of a second dose of COVID.



In Connecticut, about 65% received at least one dose.

About 58 percent are fully immunized.

“CDC says take your second shot, even if you are past that three to four week period, even if it’s been a few months, there is no need to restart the series, but please get your second shot,” said said Dr Syed Hussain, clinical director of Trinity Health of New England.

The reduced effectiveness would decrease even more if you withhold it to the point of needing your booster.

Dr Minges says people should view the booster as a continuation of treatment.

Otherwise, variants like delta and maybe omicron will continue to spread.

“There are populations that are re-infected without having received the booster. It is therefore important to take into consideration that you are doing good to the community by receiving the two full doses and then when the time comes, receiving this booster.” , Minges said. .

Health experts around the world continue to closely monitor the new variant of omicron.



In case our current vaccines aren’t as effective against the omicron variant, Minges says it would take about two to three months to redesign a new vaccine that does.

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