Omicron: What We Know About the New Coronavirus Variant

  • By Carl Zimmer and Andrew Jacobs, The New York Times

What is the Omicron variant?

First identified in Botswana and South Africa in November, the Omicron variant has surged around the world over the past few weeks, faster than any previously known form of the coronavirus. While there’s a lot that scientists have yet to understand about Omicron, what they know already makes it clear that the variant could cause a huge number of new cases in the weeks to follow and that it could push some hospital systems to the breaking point.

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