OHSU researcher: Only a matter of time until COVID variant omicron reaches Oregon

An OHSU researcher said it is time to stay vigilant as health experts expect the latest COVID variant of concern to reach the US in the coming days.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A new COVID-19 variant called the omicron variant has been labeled one of concern by leading world health experts. Closer to home, leading researchers say it is only a matter of time until the variant reaches Oregon and SW Washington.

“I think we do a lot of predicting the future based on past experience,” said Dr. William Messer from Oregon Health and Sciences University. He is both a medical doctor and a researcher with a

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