Per the World Health Organization, in November 2021 the Omicron Variant was first detected in Africa. The numerical representation for the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant, the virus that causes COVID-19, is B.1.1.529.
SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern
As of November 30, 2021, the Omicron Variant is being tracked by the U.S. government SARS-CoV-2 Interagency Group (SIG)as a Variant of Concern, or VOC.
According to the CDC, “As of December 20, 2021, Omicron has been detected in most states and territories and is rapidly increasing the proportion of COVID-19 cases it is causing.”
The CDC recommends 3 ways to mitigate risk when concerned with the Omicron Variant:
Testing For The Omicron Variant
The two primary ways to detect for COVID-19 Omicron Variant are with nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests. These two tests notify a person of a current infection.
At GS Labs, we provide same day Rapid Antigen and Rapid PCR (NAAT) or LAMP (NAAT) tests that can detect the Omicron Variant. Our trained and professional staff is ready to serve the current and growing needs of testing across communities in the US to keep you and your family informed, healthy and safe.