The NIH director calls its march a viral blizzard
We must treat Omicron as a new pandemic. These are the main points:
1. We don’t know if Omicron is dangerous at all for anyone. It may be as mild as the common cold. Or it might be as vicious or more as COVID-19. We simply don’t know yet. But we must try not to get it until we know.
2. Extremely infectious doesn’t mean dangerous. We don’t know yet. We do know that it’s enormously transmissible.
3. Omicron may infect all ages evenly. Delta mainly attacks the mature and is most dangerous to the elderly. Risk of the new one we don’t know yet.
4. Vaccines, boosters, previous corona infections give no proven immunity against Omicron. Still, get what you can, but don’t rely on it. Especially, since Delta is still around and vaccination helps against that killer/maimer.
5. Everyone should behave as the elderly did almost two years ago: mask up, avoid crowds, stay home if you can. Better safe than sorry.
6. Better, be even more careful because Omicron is much more infectious. Wear double masks. Play it extremely safe. Avoid risks like the plague.
7. If this Omicron is mild, deaths will go down while infections sky-rocket.
8. In a couple of weeks, rather than months, we will know if Omicron is mild in the short run. Still, if it is, we cannot let our guard down, because it may be terrible in the longer run (compare the poliovirus).
9. Now it may be tough. In a couple of years, we hope to be able to tell good stories about this. Try to be among the virus dodgers.