How Omicron Changes the Holidays for Americans

In light of the more transmissible coronavirus variant, should people alter their plans? Experts give their advice.

Photo: Kevin Dooley

Nearly two years into the pandemic, Angela Rasmussen was looking forward to a more typical Christmas with her family. She was planning to fly from Canada back to the US, hoping that preventative measures would be enough to keep everyone safe.

And then Omicron hit.

Rasmussen, a virologist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization at the University of Saskatchewan, isn’t worried about herself. She’s vaccinated and boosted, and she knows if she got sick, it’s very unlikely to be severe. But she has a two-year-old niece who is too young to get the vaccine, and older people in her family who could be vulnerable.

Like many people at this moment, she faced a tough choice. So she canceled her flight, and she plans to spend Christmas with friends nearby. Continue reading at the Guardian.

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