Over Thanksgiving, City Cast Houston producer Dina Kesbeh caught COVID-19. On today’s podcast, she asks Texas A&M coronavirus expert Dr. Ben Neuman, could that be the omicron variant?
“The unsatisfying answer,” he says, “is that you’ll probably never know.” Virus-genome sequencing labs, including the one he runs at Texas A&M, strip identification from the samples they process.
If your sample comes up positive, he tells her, “there’ll be stories about a virus which happened to come from you.” But she won’t know that the sample was hers.
Neuman also explains what omicron has in common with variants found at Texas A&M; and why it’s actually good news that omicron is 40 times harder for the Pfizer vaccine to knock out than an earlier version of the virus.