Omicron cases rise in the U.S.

Omicron cases rise in schools (Photo courtesy of Google).

Omicron cases rise in schools (Photo courtesy of Google).

Joanna Lee

As Covid-19 cases start to arise, numerous schools across the country are closing down and reverting to online learning. However, schools in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District have remained open following local and state jurisdictions. 

The Omicron variant, which was discovered last November, makes up almost all the recent Covid cases. As of early January, the Omicron variant is the cause of 95.4% of the latest Covid cases

Along with these known variants, another variant has started to spread. The Deltacron variant was discovered in Cyprus on January 7  and has affected more than 2 dozen people. According to Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, the Deltacron variant is said to have first occurred because of a lab contamination of Omicron fragments in a Delta specimen.

 The rise in Covid-19 cases is also causing a chain reaction in hospitals and economic industries as well. Especially because of the highly contagious Omicron variant, more and more people are being hospitalized and the death rate is slowly increasing. Because of the sudden increase, many economical industries and companies have been running short on staff and even more businesses are going bankrupt. This being one of the reasons, vaccine mandates have become stricter than ever. 

California and national health organizations made the announcement that some elementary schools across the state require students to be fully vaccinated to continue attending school. In addition, many of the former vaccinated people have been going further by recommending fully vaccinated people to get the booster shot. People 12 years old and older are eligible to get the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and people 18 years old and older are permitted to take the Moderna vaccine.

It’s been a little over 2 years since the pandemic began, and many specialists are continuously finding countless ways to minimize the pandemic. In addition, following ideal masking requirements and basic hygiene regimes are always recommended. Stay safe Coyotes!