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Don’t Panic About Omicron. But Don’t Be Indifferent, Either.

By Ashish K. Jha

19 Dec 2021 · 5 min read

About the author: Ashish K. Jha, a physician, is the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health.

The Omicron wave is upon us, and the national conversation is vacillating between panic and indifference. Those who are near panic point to rapidly rising case counts and lockdowns in several European nations. Those who are indifferent lean into reports of Omicron being a milder coronavirus variant; after nearly two years of COVID, that can feel like reason enough to put the pandemic in the rear-view mirror and get on with their life.

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