Question: I am about to travel and just wandering if I should. How dangerous is the Omicron variant? Should I be concerned?
Answer: Hello. Based on the info coming out of South Africa (where it was first identified) and the latest data, this variant is very contagious but does not seem to be very dangerous – many patients seem to suffer from cold-like symptoms. However this is very, very preliminary data and the data will evolve quickly. We will have a better idea of what we are up against withing a couple of weeks. In the meantime, precaution is the right thing to do.