The World Health Organization says the new omicron variant has a “very high” risk of spreading globally – with potentially “severe” consequences.
Officials say “unprecedented” mutations could mean the virus spreads more easily and possibly escapes immunity – though we still don’t know the extent of what the variant is capable of.
The variant was first detected in South Africa but may have already spread to more than a dozen countries. No cases have been reported so far in the U.S.
Will this omicron variant end up affecting holiday travel plans? What should the U.S. government do?
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