Pittsburgh Doctors react to omicron variant of COVID-19 detected in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA — A new variant of COVID-19 that first emerged in South Africa was detected in Pennsylvania.

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The Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced that a Philadelphia resident has tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

This person is a man in his 30′s from Northwest Philadelphia.

The Heath Department is working to get more information on the case.

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Those variations, or mutations, are concerning to scientists who believe the omicron variant could be more easily transmitted.

So far, symptoms reported are fatigue, body aches, a sore throat and cough.

Doctors are working to learn more about it, including how the current COVID-19 vaccine responds to it.

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According to Infectious Disease Physician, Dr. Amesh Adalja, it’s only a matter of time until there’s a positive Omicron case in Pittsburgh.

Doctors are urging people not to panic, but to have realistic expectations that Omicron is inevitable in our communities.

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