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Update on the omicron variant – here’s what we know so far

Do we need to worry about the omicron variant? Today, a medical expert is here to explain the latest and to field listeners’ COVID questions.


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What do we know so far about the omicron variant?

How sick does it make you? And how contagious is it?

President Biden's chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told CNN yesterday that scientists need more information before drawing conclusions about omicron's severity.

But early indications suggest it may be less dangerous than delta, which continues to drive hospitalizations.

Reports from South Africa, where omicron is becoming the dominant strain, suggest hospitalization rates have not increased drastically.

Today, we continue to follow omicron and other COVID developments, and we bring you the latest with an expert from UTHealth.

Plus, a representative from TSA talks about the latest travel restrictions and safety measures at airports.


Patricia Mancha

Dr. Anthony R. Flores

  • Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UTHealth Houston

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