The New Normal: Where are we now in the Omicron surge?

News 12's Elizabeth Hashagen was joined by Dr. Daniel Griffin to talk about Omicron, reinfections and testing.

News 12 Staff

Jan 18, 2022, 3:51 PM

Updated 911 days ago

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News 12's Elizabeth Hashagen was joined by Dr. Daniel Griffin to talk about Omicron, reinfections and testing.
It's not clear how much vaccines and prior infections are responsible for some of the early clinical impressions that Omicron is causing milder symptoms. Where are we now?
Preliminary data suggests some of the rapid tests may be less sensitive to the now-dominant Omicron variant. The good news, researchers say, is that two newly authorized rapid tests coming to the market as soon as this month work well in detecting Omicron. The FDA issued emergency-use authorizations for the tests by Roche and Siemens Healthineers in late December.
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