Fully vaccinated people can spread omicron variant, CDC confirms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that anyone – regardless of their vaccine status – can likely pass the omicron variant of the coronavirus to other people.

  • “The Omicron variant will likely spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and the ease with which Omicron spreads compared to Delta remains unknown,” according to the CDC. “The CDC expects that anyone infected with Omicron can pass the virus on to others, even if they are vaccinated or have no symptoms.”

This underscores the importance of COVID-19 testing, as it remains the only way to determine if you are infected with the coronavirus and could spread it to others.

The CDC recommends that people get the COVID-19 vaccine to fight the omicron variant because the vaccines “are very effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalizations, and death.”

It is not known to what extent face masks can stop the omicron variant. Dr William Schaffner, professor of health and infectious disease policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said the omicron variant may contain too many viral particles for the masks to stop.

  • “Omicron produces more viruses, same as delta,” Schaffner told Health. “So the ability of masks to interrupt or reduce two-way transmission is also reduced. “

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