Susan Philip, San Francisco health official, told CNN that the first patient confirmed with the variant of the Omicron coronavirus in the United States is doing well.
“This first individual is doing well,” Philip told CNN’s John Berman on New Year’s Eve Thursday, adding that there has been no indication of further transmission of the virus.
“We’re happy to hear that and they’re completely contributing to our understanding in San Francisco and across the country, because they brought us attention, they reported their symptoms, and they called us. to us at the public health agency so we can start the lab process that found the first case in the US,” she said.
The first confirmed case of the Omicron variant in the US was announced on Wednesday.
When asked about any signs of transmission from the patient, Philip said that they are still under investigation and that they would like to notify colleagues at the state level and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States, as well as the public, as soon as possible.
“There are no signs yet,” Philip said, when asked to clarify whether there are signs of transmission or additional cases associated with this sign. “And, you know, I think it’s important, as you’ve noted, that this is the first case discovered, it’s almost certainly not the first in the US.”
It’s still early days, she said, but the steps they’re taking in San Francisco, such as motivating people, continuing to wear masks in their homes, and getting people tested, are key to preventing stop the spread.