The omicron variant of COVID reportedly has been spreading for weeks before scientists began talking about it just days ago. Now, doctors are busy studying the variant, to see if it will respond to the existing vaccines.
Dr. Arin Morcomb with Mayo Health System in La Crosse says COVID could become one of those viruses like the flu, which never really goes away.
She says variants develop from every virus. “That’s why the influenza virus, we get a different flu shot every year because viruses are smart, and can figure out a way to…evade our immune system and become more infectious.”
“We don’t treat (the variants) any different,” she says. “That could change in the future, if there was significant mutation.”
The first U.S. patient found to have the omicron variant is from California, who had just been in South Africa. That person was vaccinated, but had not gotten a booster.