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Dr. Threlkeld discusses symptoms of the omicron variant

Mid-South sees a dramatic spike in COVID cases
Published: Dec. 29, 2021 at 1:22 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Infectious disease expert Dr. Steve Threlkeld held a COVID-19 Q&A Wednesday to discuss the current state of the pandemic and hospitalizations in Shelby County.

The Shelby County Health Department has reported 962 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours.

“We’ve learned an amazing amount about this virus, but viruses will do what they want to,” Dr. Threlkeld said. I mean, omicron remember, and I’ve kind of said this in the past on couple of occasions, it checked the important boxes...more contagious, more resistant to our immunity, both vaccine immunity and immunity from past infections and there’s only so much you can do about that. It may be of course time soon to start really looking at new variant boosters.”

Threlkeld went on to speak more about the omicron variant and the impact it is having on the Mid-South.

“This variant, yeah, has the capability to hit us from both the supply side and the demand side and that’s going to be the biggest problem with omicron” Dr. Threlkeld said. “The supply side there may be a lot of people infected. There already are. You’re looking at huge numbers of infections. I said 47% of the people tested as an out patient were positive. That’s enormous.”

Watch the full Q&A in the video player above.

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