Over three weeks in Arizona, the omicron variant jumped from 1% to 52% of positive cases

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Over three weeks in Arizona, the omicron variant jumped from 1% to 52% of positive cases

From Arizona Republic | Science

In Arizona, one thing is clear: omicron cases are trending upward, and fast. Compared with reports from other parts of the country, though, there has been a delay in the predominance of omicron in the mountain West, said David Engelthaler, director of the pathogen & microbiome division at TGen. But while there might be a lag between Arizona and other parts of the country, Engelthaler believes that more omicron cases are coming.

In Arizona, the variant’s takeoff has not quite reached the levels of states like New York and California.

As the world waits for more data, Lim stressed the importance of genomic researchers staying vigilant so that leaders have a better sense of what lies ahead.

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