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Doctors Preparing for Omicron Variant to Hit Tri-State

With the Omicron variant now detected in two states, doctors are preparing for the inevitable moment it hits the tri-state.

Posted: Dec 2, 2021 9:31 PM

"Try not to panic" -- this is what tri-state doctors are saying when it comes to the looming threat of the omicron variant.

"Until we get rid of Covid-19, we will continue to see the possibility of variants," said Dr. David Schultz, owner of Evansville Primary Care.

When it comes to this variant, not a lot is known yet including the severity.

"With the omicron variant, there is a lot of concern about that," Dr. Schultz said. "Because of number one, because of how fast that viral variant is spreading. And the second is are we going to be able to fight it off with our own immune defense system."

As for the delta variant, it is still running rampant.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said in his update Thursday that they have seen an increase in cases from people's immunity now waning after those first vaccine doses months ago.

"I know personally a number of folks that have ultimately gotten a mild case of Covid because they put off getting their booster," Gov. Beshear said.

"The vaccine booster will help lift up our antibody numbers to help us better fight off infections," Dr. Schultz said. "Even those that may be a genetic variant."

The biggest fear doctors have, is the omicron variant hitting right around Christmas time, especially after the Thanksgiving spike.

"What we're seeing from the past several weeks, acknowledging what Thanksgiving week is," Gov. Beshear said. "It is an increase in our cases. It is a significant increase in positivity and is an increase in hospitalizations."

"In case you do have holiday plans coming up, have plan b," Dr. Schultz said. " And that would be to do it virtual or to do it in small groups instead of large groups."

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