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VI can assume Omicron now the dominant COVID-19 variant – Dr Georges

-warns of large increase of infections to come
Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronald E. Georges has indicated that VI can now assume that the dominant COVID-19 strain in the territory is the Omicron Variant. Photo: VINO/File
Persons were therefore encouraged to continue following local public health guidelines and to get vaccinated including, taking booster shots to protect against the virus. Photo: Internet Source
Persons were therefore encouraged to continue following local public health guidelines and to get vaccinated including, taking booster shots to protect against the virus. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronald E. Georges has indicated that the Virgin Islands (VI) can assume that the dominant COVID-19 strain in the territory is the Omicron Variant.

Dr Georges made the comment during a Friday, January 7, 2022, COVID-19 update on the situation in the VI where he said that authorities suspect the Omicron variant was responsible for the current spike in cases based on the characteristics of the latest round of infections.  

“Based on that picture, a milder profile, a much quicker increase, it was obvious that we were dealing with something different,” Dr Georges said while comparing the spike in cases of mid-2021 to late 2021 into 2022.

He said case samples that were tested from about December 18, 2021, showed about 50% as Omicron variant as compared to the Delta Variant.

“And this is how Omicron functions, it comes in and it slowly outcompetes all other variants to become the dominant variant, so by now given the numbers and the rapid increase we can safely guestimate that omicron is the dormant variant of COVID in the BVI,” he said.

Large increases in cases to come - Dr Georges 

He said, as a result, the VI can expect a large increase in cases where the doubling time for cases is about 2-3 days.

“Omicron is much more efficient at spreading from persons to persons and the increases in numbers are much more drastic than the other variants that have been in circulation.” 

Dr Geroges said; however, the cases will remain mild for a short period with fast recoveries, “The Challenge is, even though it is mild, the sheer number that is created can lead to significant hospitalisations,” he also warned.

Persons were therefore encouraged to continue following local public health guidelines and to get vaccinated including, taking boosters to protect against the virus.

31 Responses to “VI can assume Omicron now the dominant COVID-19 variant – Dr Georges”

  • Hmm (08/01/2022, 12:34) Like (25) Dislike (22) Reply
    I am now convinced that you’re sleeping. From the time I heard certain symptoms I told folks that omicron is here. Just like delta you slept with omicron; now I am worried about your advice
    • Hmmm 2 (08/01/2022, 13:55) Like (38) Dislike (5) Reply
      As a medical professional he did the right thing by presenting evidence. He also encouraged the community to refrain from large gatherings but many disregarded the advice even though it was good advice. More of the blame needs to be place on the offenders as they are the ones that are creating the drama.
      • @hmmm2 (08/01/2022, 23:08) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        We all saw the gatherings. So they erred big what next. From the time some of those folks started vomiting someone could have jumped “out of the box” to say I think we might have omricon here because these cases are climbing quick as such a virus would do or perhaps it’s delta again. Stop waiting for others to exactly say that’s what it is. Jump out of the box.
      • So crazy (08/01/2022, 23:39) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
        Sick of the ignorance of some. Dr. George’s spend years in Medical school and then some of these idiots is still throwing shade at the man.
  • Woke (08/01/2022, 12:43) Like (42) Dislike (22) Reply
    If people only realize that this has ntn to with health, a virus or a disease that would be a start. Then they would realize that this “new normal” of social distancing, wearing of mask, sanitizing every two seconds all of this is a coordinated agenda that had years in the making. Long story short, this isn’t meant to end. Only way out of this is mass non compliance and that’s the reason other awaken countries are protesting every single day. Need more information that’s uncensored view the video below
  • Third Eye (08/01/2022, 12:48) Like (37) Dislike (21) Reply
    Pandemic coming to an end and they don’t like that. Lol atleast y’all took most of our rights most of us allowed it. Freedom of movement, censored speech, forcing medicine, the right to breathe, even seems y’all’s are coming after the children. Omicron is nothing more than a flu just like the rest “variants”. I never heard an unvaccinated person say they regret their decision but I’ve heard many vaccinated saying they regret and they won’t take any more medicine. It’s time to let people live.
    • grieving (08/01/2022, 13:58) Like (18) Dislike (10) Reply
      I think that the unvaccinated persons that died last year as a result of Covid would have had a different opinion if they could do it over again.
      • @grieving (08/01/2022, 14:54) Like (18) Dislike (8) Reply
        As a unvaccinated person I agree with you. If they could have done it again, they would have stayed out of that hospital.
        • To @grieving (09/01/2022, 07:15) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
          If they’d stayed out of the hospital, sadly, they would have died at home. Maybe that would have been better. But it would have been torture for themselves and for any family and friends who witnessed them drowning in their own deteriorating lungs.
          • @To @grieving (09/01/2022, 09:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
            You don’t know they would have died, most people died from hospital protocols and that’s worldwide. They tested with the flawed pcr test that now ppl are understanding that if you go to two different testing sites you probably gonna get two different results. Those guys got murdered in that hospital
            • To @To@grieving (09/01/2022, 10:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
              You’re mixing things up - talking of “protocols” and “flawed” testing. Protocols are necessary in a Health Care setting. Designed to help and limit error. False positive results occur in all sorts of testing. Remember this was a brand new virus and people were learning in real time, on the job. Your final sentence, “those guys got murdered in that hospital” is a flawed assessment. And a libelous statement.
    • @third eye (08/01/2022, 14:58) Like (12) Dislike (14) Reply
      You sound like one of those dumb Tortola men. Yeah I said it. Tortola men is just plain dumb. Maybe to much salt air or hot sun that beat down on them.
      • @@third eye (08/01/2022, 16:21) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
        If that’s what you call dumb then you must be a jackazz with no sort of critical thinking
        • @@third eye (08/01/2022, 19:10) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
          Listen to this, why don’t you stand in the middle of Road Town and go F off or J off and let it run down your legs and release your pent up frustration.
      • Norris Turnbull (10/01/2022, 09:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @@third eye...... your comment is offensive to this Tórtola man. I would like to confront you personally. But then again hmm.
  • Pureblood II (08/01/2022, 12:50) Like (46) Dislike (20) Reply
    Yes Dr Ronald Fauci.
    After you jabbed the public and compromised their immune systems you still asking for more people to do the same. Yet mostly everyone with Omi are those you gave the jab to. When will you all respect God and not man , you and your Father the Devil’s time is short. So Gwan , look what is going to happen soon , all of you jabbed as is are going to drop like flies.
    • @PurebloodII (08/01/2022, 14:51) Like (11) Dislike (19) Reply
      But your arse will soon drop like a fly as well.
      • @@PurebloodII (08/01/2022, 17:16) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
        Purebloods don’t drop as fast as the vaccinated. Better hope you don’t need a blood donor because you need us to give and we just might get stingy
  • But of course (08/01/2022, 12:59) Like (3) Dislike (26) Reply
    There are so many different nationalities of people passing through the BVI of course it would only be a matter of time. If we don’t try to figure out something, every single one of us in the BVI is doomed.
  • resident (08/01/2022, 13:11) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    why be scared of omicron, let more people catch it so we can all get natural immunity
  • Really (08/01/2022, 13:28) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    A lot of assuming going eh?
  • The way forward... (08/01/2022, 13:52) Like (29) Dislike (5) Reply
    This Covid reporting seems to have an agenda. It has a spin of fear to it...I know a lot of recoveries I'm not hearing about those. The figures are intended to create panic. More than half of these cases have been recovered. It's a set up, a plan to force the booster on us. So no matter what we do. No matter what we say. No matter how careful we are big pharmaceutical must get it their way booster must be taken...We can point fingers and blame everyone and everything, nothing won't change the booster must be taken....The test kits are coming done set up...Either the booster or we back in lockdown. The thing done set. Wake up people..
  • WEW (08/01/2022, 14:37) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Assume ! That's a definitive medical statement. Where do these jokers come from ?
  • Make No Assumptions (08/01/2022, 15:31) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Let's not make any assumptions regarding something this serious!!
  • Curious (08/01/2022, 16:28) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    All of you people calling yourselves purebloods, presumably you have never been vaccinated against anything?
    • @Curious (08/01/2022, 22:21) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      Some of us have but we never took any gene therapy vaccines
    • @Curious (08/01/2022, 23:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I said the same thing myself. They are just making fools of themselves. No one is pure bloods. Perhaps the ones that is calling themselves pure bloods blood is a different color than red. Maybe they bleed clear liquid.
    • @@Curious x 2 (09/01/2022, 07:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      By your comment I can tell you have no clue what you have had injected into your bodies. To compare the covid experimental mRNA injection to the traditional vaccine is just stupid. Do some research you fools.
  • Pure Blood (09/01/2022, 09:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So pure bloods my question do you only mate with your family members so as not to pollute your bloodline?
  • BLOCKHEAD (09/01/2022, 17:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can vaccinated persons donate blood. If we were all vaccinated and you or a close friend were in a serious accident or undergoing surgery requiring blood where would it come from. Now think about that and stop making a fool of yourself.

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