Expect President Biden to make some drastic moves this week in response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 including new talking points about the unvaccinated.
Places where lockdowns and vaccine passports are already being used are in a panic despite the measures.
However, early reports don’t seem to make the case for panic.
Reports from South Africa have consistently noted a lower rate of hospitalization as a result of Omicron infections compared with infections caused by the Delta variant, which is currently responsible for most SARS-CoV-2 infections globally. On 14 December, the South African private health insurer Discovery Health in Johannesburg announced that hospitalization risk has been 29% lower among people infected with Omicron, compared with people infected with a previous variant.
Laboratory studies have suggested that Omicron might be able to evade some COVID vaccine-induced immunity, and early data from the UK Health Security Agency suggest that the vaccines are not as protective against Omicron infections as they have been against other variants.
Yet, the Biden Administration’s push for vaccines are still in full throttle.
Omicron seems like a cold/flu to many early treating physicians. UK reports 10,000 jump in Omicron cases, deaths rise to 7 per Reuters. Is that reason to panic? We will find out soon.