The Omicron Surge: Putting a Number on Fear

Dr. Amy Rogers
6 min readDec 22, 2021

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Omicron variant (B.1.529) suddenly and massively out-competes Delta in US COVID isolates. Source: CDC

By Amy Rogers, MD, PhD

I’m getting loads of questions and hearing more pandemic conversation than I’ve heard in months. Here is my first post addressing some of the latest issues. At the top of the list is the omicron surge and what to do about Christmas. There are multiple aspects to this…

Dr. Amy Rogers

Amy Rogers, MD, PhD, is a Harvard-educated scientist, novelist, journalist, and educator. She blogs about coronavirus at