TAMP, FL. – You may want to brush up on your Greek letters. This cycle, from one COVID-19 variant to another, isn’t likely to go anywhere anytime soon, says Dr. Michael Teng, a USF public health expert.
It’s important to remember, he says: COVID is a global problem, with fires and hot spots all over the world.
“We’re seeing more and more variants because there’s virtually uncontrolled transmission in certain parts of the world,” explains Dr. Teng out.
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For example, the delta variant was first identified in India. Omicron was first spotted in South Africa.
Chances are, new variants are still forming and may be weeks or months away from spreading.
“Every time we see the variants now, they come with a huge array of mutations. We have to figure out where they come from,” Teng said. “We’re seeing 1,000 people die a day in the US, still mostly delta. It’s a problem and it’s not going away whether we want it to go away or not.”
Which, he says, is one of the reasons why it’s just too early to start “living with the virus,” as we do with the flu or the common cold. That, he says, will come—but not yet.
“Until we get the transmission of the virus under control, we won’t see this kind of easier ebb and flow,” he added.
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