Prisma official discusses omicron variant of COVID-19

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

STATE — A Prisma Health infectious disease physician says the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus is “almost certainly already here” in the United States.

An infectious disease physician, Dr. Helmut Albrecht is the medical director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy for Prisma Health and the University of South Carolina.

He discussed the omicron variant during a news conference Monday.

The World Health Organization has named the omicron variant “a variant of concern.”

The omicron variant popped up in disease surveillance systems in Botswana and South Africa between Nov.

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