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Here's why you shouldn't be panicking about the new COVID variant, Omicron.
“All RNA viruses mutate over time, some more than others. For example, flu viruses change often, which is why doctors recommend that you get a new flu vaccine every year," added Robert Bollinger, professor of infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University.
The WHO classified Omicron as a “variant of concern” because it has a wide range of mutations. It suggests vaccines and treatments could be less effective. That's a scary possibility. And it makes for scary headlines.
But the early indications are that it's not going to be as deadly and that's really, really good news.