I’ve been seeing news items about the Omicron variant of Covid-19. The CDC only yesterday announced that it is now a Variant of Concern. Other CDC comments are here in a news release. There’s not a lot of solid information yet about how dangerous it is. Most of what I see on the internet are comments about the need for more information. Vaccine manufacturers don’t seem to agree on whether or not current vaccines would be effective against Omicron.
Interestingly, there seem to be about as many news articles about how to pronounce “Omicron” as there are about the variant itself.
When I compare the Omicron news to that of the recently identified Delta plus (AY.4.2) subvariant, I see very few references to the latter after late October. I never saw any CDC indications that the Delta plus was ever a Variant of Concern, although news items generally carried an alarming tone. As the CDC says, there will be variants. So far, as of yesterday, no U.S. cases have been found.