Even if the Omicron variant is milder than previous versions of Covid, it's still highly dangerous, asserts Amir Khan of Al Jazeera. It is much more infectious, meaning it can kill more than previous waves simply by reaching a much larger part of the population. Crucially, we are still in the process of fully understanding Omicron, so any optimism over its alleged mildness should remain low. We are currently seeing a huge rise in infections across the globe, which is very worrying. The fact that people are underestimating its severity is contributing to this spread. Society should remain cautious until we have a better understanding of this variant.
Everything indicates that Omicron is less dangerous than what we have seen earlier, write Marc Santora and Megan Specia of The New York Times. The grave health issues and death caused by early waves of Covid are not being seen right now. The UK saw one of the earliest peaks of this latest variant and has still not implemented new restrictions. Harsher control measures may be excessive in this case. They cause harm to the economy and worsen people's mental health. In return, they only delay infections and extend the infection wave. So far, Omicron looks much less worrying and doesn't warrant such an extreme response.