Update on the Omicron Variant & Review of Mitigation Strategies for COVID-19Jenny Abercrombie
Omicron, the latest Variant of Concern, has become dominant in the U.S. and is gaining on the Delta Variant in Canada. This follows its sudden surge in dominance over other strains in many countries in Africa and in Europe and confirms its increased infectiousness in the U.S. This article includes an update on Omicron, mostly through the use of links to articles about its known and suspected traits, including differences from previous COVID-19 strains. Due to some of these differences, layered mitigation strategies such as vaccination, masking, and social distancing become even more important in protecting yourself and others from disease. A review of those topics with labeled links to more in-depth information is included.