Wichita, Kansas 2021-11-30 09:39:16 –
Wichita, Kansas (KSNW) – Health officials in Sedgwick County say preliminary evidence suggests that new Omicron variants may be more contagious, but not yet at this time. It’s too early.
Regardless of the variants seen so far, experts say that vaccination with currently available vaccines is the best way to maintain protection.
“At this point, I think we need to act in the same way that we encouraged people to use Delta,” said infectious disease expert Dr. Gallold Mins.
Dr. Minds said he was not surprised to hear another variant that the World Health Organization considers to be one of the concerns.
“Therefore, the more infections around the world, the more likely the virus is to mutate. Therefore, the more you can control the infection, the fewer mutations,” Dr. Mins said.
Adrian Burn, director of health at Sedgwick County, said more information will be released in the next few weeks on the effects of current vaccines on Omnicron and its variants.
“We know that PCR tests are the gold standard and continue to detect infections with this variant, and we see if other types of tests, such as rapid antigens, can also detect it. Research is underway to do this, “Barn said.
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