Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-11-29 18:09:36 –
Lexington, Kentucky (LEX 18) —The new coronavirus variant is at the forefront of the world, as local doctors are waiting to learn how bad it is.
The World Health Organization has described “Omicron” as a variant of concern, which is the most serious category.
“Many people are talking about it, especially around Thanksgiving,” said Nate Barr, a resident of Lexington.
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says it’s still waiting to hear more about what that means for Kentucky.
“We are aware of the new variants that have emerged in South Africa, but we are still learning a lot here in Lexington and the United States,” Kevin Hall said.
As they learn more, this variety has already spread from South Africa to Europe and even to Canada.
It hasn’t hit the United States yet, but New York has already declared a state of emergency.
Meanwhile, Kentucky citizens are still trying to figure out if they’re going to be totally worried.
“I don’t know why it continues or why it can’t be stopped,” Marjorie Greene said. “It will probably hit us, and it will probably hit us hard.”
Others have put the COVID completely behind them.
“I think a lot of people have forgotten about COVID. I think they thought it was gone since everything died,” said Tiara Jackson.
“After a few weeks of cases declined, it has increased again throughout Kentucky.”
While everyone is talking about this new variant, the health department says it hasn’t figured out the delta variant already here.
“It’s very annoying because it doesn’t even include cases that could spread to Thanksgiving holidays so far, and as the cold months move to these December holidays, COVID-19 throughout Kentucky. It is expected that the number of cases will increase, “Hall said.
American health leaders do not yet know if the vaccine is effective against Omicron, how serious it is, or how contagious it is.
“The best thing we can do is to vaccinate. Vaccination can reduce the chances of future mutations. It keeps us alive, changing, and we. It’s a virus that does everything it can to fight against. It fights back. “