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

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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