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Covid, including what we know about omicron, questions answered

  • Scott LaMar
FILE -A resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province.

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FILE -A resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province.

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Airdate: Thursday, December 2, 2021

It was just a week ago that we heard about the omicron variant of the Covid-19 coronavirus. A week later, we still don’t know much about how transmissible or whether omicron can cause serious illness.

Even without the new variant, the number of Covid cases in Pennsylvania is high. Tuesday’s case count of more than 7,600 is one of the largest in the past few weeks and doctors are warning winter weather driving people indoors and holiday get togethers could mean more infections.

Those are a few of the reasons there still are many questions about the virus and vaccines.

Throughout the pandemic, Smart Talk has featured medical professionals to answer Covid questions.

On Thursday’s program, we’re joined by Dr. John Goldman, MD, an infectious disease specialist at UPMC in Central Pennsylvania.

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