The American population might not be ready to face a wave from the omicron variant of the coronavirus yet, according to an expert.
Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist and founder of the Scripps Research Translational Institute in San Diego, told CNBC Wednesday night that the American people are “sitting ducks for the next wave” of COVID-19.
- “We’re lagging behind what we need to get out to the American public,” he said, specifically in getting booster shots.
- He said “fully vaccinated” should mean three shots instead of two.
- “We’re in omicron land now,” he said.
The omicron variant is on track to be the dominant variant in the United States. In fact, a new lab study found the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus spreads close to 70 times faster than the delta variant.
- The researchers said the omicron variant “multiplies 70 times faster than the Delta variant and original SARS-CoV-2 in the human bronchus, which may explain why Omicron may transmit faster between humans than previous variants.”
- The research found that the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine provided 33% protection against omicron infection, The Washington Post reports. But the vaccine offered 77% protection against hospitalization.