By Cara Murez

HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Dec. 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Starting off Dec. 31, the United States will raise travel limits from 8 nations in southern Africa.

The limits were being 1st announced in late November in reaction to concerns about Omicron, the new extremely contagious variant of COVID-19. Omicron was noticed 1st in southern Africa.

The limits had been directed at travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. American citizens or lawful long term citizens were being not limited by the limits, but continue to needed to have a destructive take a look at prior to traveling.

“On Dec. 31, @POTUS will raise the temporary travel limits on Southern Africa nations. This determination was proposed by @CDCgov,” White Residence spokesman Kevin Munoz said on Twitter. “The limits gave us time to realize Omicron and we know our current vaccines operate against Omicron, [specially] boosted.”

Even though Omicron has significantly far more mutations than beforehand detected variants, early information from South Africa and the United Kingdom indicates individuals experience a decrease threat of hospitalization with this specific variant. It may be that Omicron is milder or it could be that far more people today have some immunity from prior bacterial infections or vaccination, CBS News reported.

Entirely vaccinated and boosted people today are obtaining far more breakthrough bacterial infections, but they seem to be to be “performing much better in normal than…in the previous,” said Dr. Jon LaPook, CBS News’ main professional medical correspondent. However, he warned, “you have waning immunity, specially against Omicron” and he suggested that people today get boosters to considerably elevate their immunity.

Omicron has also unfold rapidly by means of the United States and Europe. Most COVID-19 conditions in the United States are now thanks to this variant.

It’s continue to unclear what influence Omicron will in the long run have in the United States, nevertheless drug companies have said research exhibit some of the recent solutions have continued success in treating it.

The Globe Wellness Business had denounced the travel limits when they were being announced.

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