The bad news is the Omicron variant is very contagious. I was hoping that it would be less severe, but I fear the data does support this. The good news is that it will be over soon because everyone will either get infected and/or vaccinated. The scary part is what may happen to the hospital system.
I live in Israel, and our government is very aggressive. We have green passports, and it is impossible to go to restaurants, bars, and many other venues without three vaccinations. In Israel, you have to have had three vaccinations to be considered fully vaccinated or infected with corona and a follow-up vaccination within six months.
The third vaccination had been done six months after the second one, but this is changing and will soon be three months after the second one.
We closed the country to tourists. Israeli’s are not allowed to fly to Red Countries, which is now most of Africa, Europe, Canada, and the USA. Even though I am both an Israeli and USA citizen, I can not fly to the USA except for exceptional circumstances.
Those over sixty like me will be getting a fourth vaccination soon. I am personally pleased about that.
I expect that there will be a modified version of the vaccine that targets Omicron by April. However, the government does not want to wait for those at high risk for hospitalization.
Our numbers are still low, a bit over 8,000 infected. The hospital numbers are low at 82. But this will soon change. More than 10% of the population has not been vaccinated; a much larger number has not had the third vaccination (they naively thought they were safe because the numbers were so low).
I expect that if we see the hospitalization rise, we will start taking more robust measures, including lockdowns. While this will slow down the spread, eventually, everyone will get it. Once that happens, it will burn itself out at least until the following variant arrives.
I consider those the refuse to get vaccinated potential murders. They are equivalent to drunk drivers. In this case, they take up needed hospital beds. I will not socialize with anyone that has refused to get vaccinated. If you think I feel strongly about this, you are right.