Here's why you shouldn't be panicking about the new COVID variant, Omicron.

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“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.