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‘Just stupid stuff': Logistics and lack of testing stymied finding the Omicron variant in the U.S

1 month ago   |   By STAT

After South African scientists alerted the world last week to the new, concerning Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, researchers here in the U.S. warned that the highly mutated strain was likely already circulating on American soil. It was just a matter of time before someone found it.
On Thursday, health officials reported the country's second Omicron infection, in a Minnesota man who attended an anime conference in New York days before his symptoms began. Notably, he had not traveled internationally, unlike the first case - a California resident recently returned from South Africa...
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