The pandemic has been resurfacing with a new more transmissible variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, which was first discovered in South Africa, and soon after multiple cases were reported from all over the World.
The latest mutation of the virus is said to originate from the common cold as they share a similar genetic character.
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Biden had been recently receiving backlash for not taking responsibility as a President and carrying out major decisions without authorizing or conducting any proper research.
The recent travel ban was severely criticized as it also included countries that had no present cases of omicron and this reinstated the fact that Trump would have been reprimanded for a similar action but Biden is being given leniency for no apparent reason.
As Omicron cases rise, Biden has come on the front by warning Americans to not take the new variant lightly. Research has revealed that Omicron is not responsible for causing any severe illness but the possibilities can not be ignored.
New Measures Put in Place to Curb the Spread of Omicron
To address the rise in Omicron cases Biden revealed that the government will be initiating increased availability of vaccinations and testing sites. He also mentioned that 500 million at-home rapid tests will be accessible from January.
Biden stressed that unvaccinated individuals should know that they are not protected from the virus and that is good reason to be concerned but those who have been administered the vaccine and booster shots can gather with their families during the holidays.
Biden also informed reporters that the circumstances are not the same as March 2020 and a major part of the population is vaccinated which means that we have an edge against the virus this time.
Most states have reinstated tougher restrictions to curb the spread of the virus as Biden warned that unvaccinated individuals are at a higher risk of contracting the virus and getting severe symptoms or possibly dying.
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In a snide remark, Biden also talked about the former president receiving a booster shot and joked that this might be among the very few things they both agree on.
The recent measures introduced from Tuesday include the activation of new vaccination clinics which are run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
States Reinforce Safety Protocols
Hospitals are starting to get burdened with the influx of Covid 19 patients and Biden has deployed 1000 additional staff members including doctors and nurses to for effective relief to the hospital.
Still, the public response is not in Biden’s favor, and his strategy to increase vaccination instead of focusing on regulating the SOPs has been receiving criticism.
This makes sense because there is a substantial portion of the population that is influenced by anti-vaccine movements and highly oppose getting vaccinated.
Biden pointed that the media should restrain from spreading any false propaganda regarding vaccines and that any American citizen should consider getting vaccinated as their patriotic duty.
People are failing to understand that vaccine side effects are not fatal but severe complications from corona can lead to death. To prevent new variants and more deaths, we should be aiming towards achieving herd immunity that is not possible without the cooperation of the public.
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Citizens Worried About the Unavailability of Testing Facilities
However, since the measures will take some time to become proactive, many citizens are worried about being able to get tested to ensure they can safely travel during the holidays.
Citizens shared concerns about spreading the virus to closed ones if they are not sure and haven’t gotten themselves tested. A ban on visitors will also culminate and all healthcare workers are supposed to get booster shots.
Proof of vaccination will be made mandatory to allow entry into any restaurant or other indoor spaces. Those who are vaccinated have also been contracting the virus.
However, Biden has urged vaccinated individuals to comply with the safety protocols and wear a mask during traveling.
The United States experiences greater travel during the Christmas holidays and since the pandemic began, America has suffered from 810,000 deaths and 51 million infections. Let’s hope these strategies are conducive to curbing the spread of Omicron.
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