Variants Of Concern To Medical Community During Holiday Season

Medical Experts throughout the region are warning of some potentially tough times when it comes to variants of the coronaviurs. And that, combined with people now scheduling procedures that had been put off for the last nearly two years, has forced some hospitals to take emergency precautions dealing with scheduling and staffing.

The nation's top federal health official says COVID-19 is likely to become a common disease in the U.S. and around the world.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said 99-percent of the coronavirus cases in the country are the Delta variant, but they are keeping a close eye on the Omicron variant as well. Walensky noted the risks with COVID are still much more extreme if a person is unvaccinated.

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