Canada finds first cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant in Ontario. Here’s what we know

Canada has detected its first two cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. A statement from Ontario’s Ministry of Health confirmed that cases of the variant, recently declared as the novel coronavirus’ fifth variant of concern by the WHO, have been identified in Ontario. “Today, the province of Ontario has confirmed two cases of the … Read more

Omicron variant will ‘inevitably’ reach the U.S., Fauci says

Anthony Fauci said the travel bans will help delay the spread of the variant and allow for additional research and preparation. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo The Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which has found its way into a number of European countries in recent days, will “inevitably” get to the United States, Anthony Fauci, director … Read more

Watch a Lung Doctor Break Down the Omicron Variant in 5 Minutes

The B.11.529 variant of the coronavirus first identified in South Africa, also known as the Omicron variant, has been described as a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization. In a new video on his YouTube channel, pulmonary medicine and critical care specialist Dr. Mike Hansen summarizes how this strain of Covid differs from … Read more

Will COVID-19 booster shots protect against the Omicron variant? Experts undecided – National

As countries race to stem the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, questions are swirling over whether Canada’s rollout of vaccine boosters should be sped up to safeguard against its impending spread. The new variant, declared Friday by the World Health Organization as the novel coronavirus’s fifth variant of concern, prompted panic among nations, … Read more

Dr. Fauci says he “would not be surprised” if new COVID variant is already in U.S.

As nations around the world try to contain the spread of Omicron, a newly discovered COVID-19 variant of concern, Dr. Anthony Fauci says he “would not be surprised” if the variant has already made its way into the United States.  “When you have a virus like this, it almost invariably is ultimately going to go … Read more

Omicron Variant Fears Mount As World Travel Restricted, But US Waits ‘Til Monday – Deadline

A growing wave of new restrictions spawned by the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant in South Africa is underway. But the United States is waiting until Monday to implement its own flight bans. The omicron variant allegedly has the potential to be more resistant to any protection offered by vaccines. News of its existence … Read more

Dutch find 61 COVID-19 cases on South Africa flight, believe some are Omicron variant – National

Dutch health authorities said on Saturday they had detected 61 COVID-19 cases among people who flew from South Africa on Friday and believe at least some infections are of the new omicron variant. The cases were discovered among 624 passengers who arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on two flights on Friday before the Dutch … Read more

U.K. tightens COVID rules after 2 cases of new variant reported in Britain

The U.K. tightened up rules Saturday on mask-wearing and on testing of international arrivals after finding two cases of the new, potentially more contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus, as governments around the world sought to shore up their defenses. Amid fears that the recently identified new variant has the potential to be more resistant … Read more

U.K. reports first two cases of new Omicron COVID-19 variant – National

Britain became the latest country Saturday to report cases of the new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus as world governments sought to shore up their defenses by slapping restrictions on travel from nations in southern Africa. U.K. Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed that two people have tested positive with the omicron … Read more