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Panama City, FL – Local doctor says the new COVID-19 Omicron variant could be most aggressive yet

Panama City, FL –

PANAMA CITY Fla. (WMBB) – Health experts are warning people about the latest variant of COVID-19, Omicron.

So far, there are no reports of the virus in the United States, but doctors say it could be the most aggressive variant yet.

Omicron has been detected in more than a dozen countries.

Local pediatrician Dr Rubina Azam said it was highly transmissible but not as easy to catch.

“It directly affects the lungs, almost bypassing the nose and throat in most cases,” Azam said. “What this means is that you can take a COVID test and it will be negative, but it will directly affect the lungs, which will lead to COVID pneumonia. ”

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Azam said the latest mutations in the virus are stronger and current vaccines may not be as effective.

However, questions are circulating as to whether people should start receiving a specific recall just for Omicron.

Dr Azam said to think of it like the flu shot. Just like the flu, the coronavirus has continued to mutate and strengthen, so the vaccine will need to change as well.

“Every year the COVID virus mutates, you have new variants and every year we might need a new COVID vaccine,” Azam said.

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Dr Azam said that Omicron’s symptoms are different from previous variants.

“So they don’t have the typical runny nose and sore throat and that little bit of fever in the beginning that can give you the warning signs of ‘oh you can have COVID’,” Azam said.

She said most of the patients feel weak and have joint pain, others just have pneumonia.

Dr Azam said getting the vaccine is always the best defense against the virus.

Dr Azam said it is too early to predict whether there will be another increase in cases in the United States and recommends taking the precautions already established.

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