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Is Omicron Milder?

By Derek Thompson

22 Dec 2021 · 7 min read

When Omicron appeared, scientists had three big questions.

First, would Omicron be more transmissible than previous variants? Judging from the nearly vertical charts of case growth in South Africa, Europe, New York City, and just about every other place Omicron has made an unwelcome appearance, the answer is yes. This may be the most transmissible strain of the coronavirus that we’ve ever seen.

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