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The omicron variant ‘will come to your holiday gathering,’ expert says

Experts recommend reevaluating your holiday plans with the omicron variant starting to spread

A woman at a Christmas market.
A woman looks at ornaments at a stand in a small Christmas market in the center of Brussels on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021.
Olivier Matthys, Associated Press

The surge of omicron coronavirus cases has caused experts to rethink recommendations for the upcoming holiday season.

  • “Personally, I’m reevaluating plans for the holidays,” Bronwyn MacInnis, director of pathogen genomic surveillance at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University, told reporters, according to USA Today. ”It’s the responsible thing to do and what feels right given the risk.”

Indeed, the omicron variant of the coronavirus is making its way through the United States. More cases are expected in the U.S. this winter, creating a new wave of COVID-19 infections after the holidays.

  • “I’m a lot more alarmed. I’m worried,” said Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

Per USA Today, Dr. Jacob Lemieux, an infectious disease expert at Massachusetts General Hospital, said it’s likely omicron will exist at your holiday gathering since the virus is moving “faster even than the most pessimistic among us thought that it was going to move.”

  • He added, “There’s a high likelihood that it will come to your holiday gathering.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical adviser on the coronavirus, advises people to gets COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters to stay safe from the variant, CNBC reports.

“Our booster vaccine regimens work against omicron,” Fauci said.