New SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern identified : Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant
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New SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern identified : Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant

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      Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network December 1, 2021, 11:00 PM ET CDCHAN-00459 Omicron, a new SARS-CoV-2 variant, has been identified in many countries and categorized as a Variant of Concern by the U.S. government and the World Health Organization (WHO). Because little is known about Omicron currently, it is important for the public health and medical communities as well as the general public to remain vigilant to reduce potential exposure. This Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory summarizes current knowledge about Omicron and provides recommendations on how to detect the Omicron variant within the United States as soon as possible to mitigate its spread.
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