The Omicron variant. It is screwing everything up again, and I’m really not ready to go back in time to experience the 2020 lockdown a second time.
I first thought that this Omicron mess was no big deal. They were saying that it caused more mild symptoms than the OG COVID or the Delta variant, which came later — and is still wreaking havoc.
But, I really didn’t think of the ramifications of Omicron.
Sure, it may (or may not, we don’t yet really know) cause milder symptoms, but they are symptoms nonetheless. People are still going to their doctors in droves, and hospitalizations are back up to almost full capacity (or, in many cases, they are bracing for an incoming flood of Omicron patients).
Omicron takes a toll on us, not only physically, but it is taxing to our resources — doctors, nurses, hospital beds, and even masks are in short supply.
It’s gotten so bad (again) that SNL ran without an in-studio audience this week, and played mostly taped segments.
(Dear goodness, don’t run out and buy up all the toilet paper again. Yeah, Omicron is bad, but it’s not toilet paper fiasco bad — yet.)
And, they are saying it is going to get worse before it gets better. Ugh!
In fact, Dr. Anthony Fauci says that it is probably going to be a hard winter. This Omicron variant is going to make for “a tough few weeks to months as we get deeper into the winter.”
“This Omicron variant is extraordinarily contagious. It’s as contagious as measles, and that’s about the most contagious virus that we’ve seen,” CNN medical analyst Jonathan Reiner said Saturday, warning there was a “tsunami” coming for unvaccinated Americans.CNN Health
Want to hear a scary statistic? The World Health Organization says that cases of Omicron are “doubling every 1.5 to 3 days with documented spread.” It’s going to outnumber those that had the OG COVID and those that had the Delta variant.
So, how do we combat this? Vaccines and masks.
If you haven’t yet gotten vaccinated, for the love of Bob, get it done.
The data suggests the gap in risk between unvaccinated people and those with a booster is even larger than it is between unvaccinated people and those who are fully vaccinated with their initial series.CNN Health
They are saying those with booster shots are the most protected, but 60% of vaccinated people haven’t yet taken the plunge and gotten their boosters.
Now’s the time, people.
Also, I know they are uncomfortable and hot. I know they are inconvenient and annoying. BUT, wear those masks if you can’t socially distance.
Again, you aren’t protecting yourself, but you are protecting everyone else around you — so if we ALL wear masks, we might knock a dent in this beast of a virus.