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Is omicron more deadly? Understanding the new COVID variant will take time


Three questions emerge about the newly detected omicron variant of the coronavirus: is it more transmissible than delta? Does it make people sicker? What protection does vaccination or a previous infection offer against it?

The answer to all three is a “We don’t know yet”.

People are anxious for a few weeks as data is collected, patient charts are reviewed, hospitalizations are tracked, and blood samples are tested.

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