The Omicron variant continues to rise across the United States, requiring millions of Americans to be tested for COVID-19.
- But there are not many tests at the moment. What should you do?
Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Mina, chief physician at telemarketing company eMed, told CNN you need to take immediate action.
- “The bottom line is that when you feel symptoms, assume you’re positive at this point, especially when Omicron is so common,” Mina said.
I said people can take a quick test and see a faint line in it indicating a positive infection. But even a mild infection is still a COVID-19 infection.
- “Does that mean you’re going to walk into a room and be a superspreader? No. But does that mean you should go to your 90-year-old grandmother and hug her? I’d say no, I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t personally sit next to someone who is still at all way positive in these tests, “Mina told CNN.
A recent study – the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Department of Microbiology at Oslo University Hospital in Oslo, Norway – looked at how quickly a variant of omicron can spread.