The Omicron Variant

Sydney Bolden, reporter

With the Coronavirus still on the line and Americans weary of the nearly two-year-long pandemic. The United States is being hit with another blow about a new coronavirus variant emerging.

The Omicron variant, which is being known as the B.1.1.529, made an appearance in November around several southern African nations. This new variant is setting off alarm bells because of how much it's starting to outcompete the previous variant.

According to the CDC, the Omicron variant is more likely to spread than the coronavirus. There are also many speculations that the vaccine we have now won't work against this Omicron variant because of how fast it's been spreading. Scientists say there's no reason to be concerned and stressed about the Omicron, many people are and want to know what other restrictions may occur because of this new variant.

Senior Garret Mullar says, “This new variant is scary because we don't know how much more dangerous it is than the coronavirus, and are not sure if the vaccine will work.”

Many people agreed with his statement saying that having this new variant on top of dealing with the coronavirus can be stressful on many families and create more setbacks.

Furthermore, Sophomore Mary Laend agreed by saying, “My family had already been so much more cautious since the coronavirus and now having this new variant and not knowing what it could cause is scary.”

While this new variant is really new and scientists are still finding out more information about it, people still want to take extra precautions to stay safe. Having these viruses on top of each other is not easy and is bringing concern to many, so hopefully we can keep the new virus intact.

The new Omicron Variant is starting to cause concerns everywhere, but how will people react to this new virus on top of the coronavirus?

Photo Credit: Marisa Saenz

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