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What Chicago’s health officials are telling people what to expect – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) – The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is now in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) have reported that the Chicago resident is known contact to someone else with a confirmed case of Omicron who had traveled to Chicago.

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The Chicago resident has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and received a booster dose. The resident did not need to be hospitalized, is improving and isolating himself since the onset of his symptoms.

While information about Omicron continues to come in, there are other questions including its impact on children and how we should all manage cold symptoms this year. CBS 2’s Chris Tye reports on what the experts are saying.

Ten days ago Dr Anthony Fauci said we need at least two weeks to answer some of the big questions about Omicron. But on Tuesday, he signaled that the first signals are encouraging. Wall Street soared on Tuesday on news that might not be as bad as we initially thought. One of Chicago’s leading experts is also stepping in.

“The picture is still quite mixed,” said Dr. Emily Landon of the University of Medicine of Chicago. “It seems to cause more breakthrough infections than anyone comfortable with. It also looks like it might not be such a serious illness. “

But some of the early data, from South Africa and Europe where Omicron was first seen, indicates children may be at higher risk.

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“We don’t know much. We know there are some areas in South Africa, there are children who get sicker and see more children in hospital. We also know that some doctors tell us that those who receive Omicron after having COVID don’t get very sick, ”Landon said.

Speaking of illness, as temperatures drop and holiday gatherings become more frequent, how should we respond to the runny nose and sore throat this month?

“You can’t attribute anything to a simple cold right now, especially in the current situation. You have to get tested even for a runny nose, ”Landon said. “You can’t tell the difference between the flu, the common cold and COVID. Especially at the beginning.

And, recognizing that we are in the early stages of understanding Omicron, and consider that it has yet to be officially detected in Illinois, if someone contracts Omicron, does that make them immune to Delta?

“I would expect it to probably be,” Landon said. “And it looks like the first preliminary data indicates that the individual vaccine and COVID are a bit more protected from it, but it’s still very sketchy data. “

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Landon said she will speed up a recall if you don’t have one and cut back on some unmasked gatherings. And if older parents are in your next Christmas week, consider really sitting down the week before to keep your system healthy.




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