COVID-19 Omicron variant should make people rethink holiday plans, experts say –

The emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the United States most likely means many people need to reconsider holiday plans, particularly if they involve friends and family members made vulnerable by the virus, experts said Thursday.

Official estimates suggest 3% of cases nationally involve the new variant, first identified in South Africa in late November, based on figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, the more-contagious variant is responsible for as many as 13% of infections in New York and New Jersey, a point of entry for many international travelers into the United States, the CDC estimates.

In addition, an assessment of 43 documented cases with the Omicron variant found that 30% occurred in people who not only were fully vaccinated, but also received booster doses, the agency announced earlier this week.

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Recipe: Chili Cheese Poppers

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This dish is so simple and easy, yet insanely tasty …especially if you like dishes that are cheesy! Bhavnagri chilies are relatively not too spicy. They’re the equivalent of jalapeño peppers. So this dish is very similar to jalapeño poppers that you get in all the Tex-Mex eateries. There are so many different types of stuffing that you can choose from. I used to stuff and grill these with kheema/dried flavourful mince, mashed aloo sabzi, soya mince, leftover sabudana khichdi, etc. You can make it completely cheesy like I’ve done here or you can mix cheese with some of these fillings.


  • 7 Chili peppers
  • 75-100 gms grated/chopped mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • salt to taste
  • bread crumbs to coat
  • oil to fry


Wash, clean, and dry your chilis

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The Switch

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I have something like a toggle switch That gives me quite the itch Sometimes I turn it on Some others, the power within feels gone Remember the days, when we had antennas? Well, such is the case with my mental stamina Mostly, it's known for neglegient oversight But if it smells blood, it develops quite the shark's appetite I'm normally quite calm and always at peace I don't get anxious easily and my senses are always at ease I have a lot of patience, so I've been told Of my faculties, I'm usually in control So my general state of being is almost like that of a yogi I'm usually at peace; within myself, I'm always happy I am organized; I arrange my immediate space I seldom ever let situations get out of place So, even wehn people around me are insulting me They really can't get into my spirit's…

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