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Newsday newsday.com 12 Jan, 2022 20:45 am

Omicron is spreading lightning fast. We need to shift our strategy quickly, too.

Omicron is spreading lightning fast. We need to shift our strategy quickly, too.
The omicron variant, which is blazing through the United States, infecting the unvaccinated and the boosted alike, is causing many crises now — overwhelming hospitals and disrupting businesses and sch

And we should adapt other policies to ensure that we limit viral spread while not overreacting to the prospect of infection in vaccinated people.In hard-hit New York State, for example, fully vaccinated people were 90 to 95% less likely to end up hospitalized than their unvaccinated peers.But additionally, exposures to the virus are becoming so common that quarantining people for them — as the CDC still recommends for unboosted vaccinated people and for the unvaccinated — risks significant societal disruption: Recurring exposures will keep many uninfected people home from work or school.Earlier in the pandemic, vaccinated people were much less likely to transmit the virus to others.

They will likely have at least some protection, especially against severe disease.Most people now realize it's no longer essential — or even possible — to diagnose each case of COVID, especially in people without risk factors for severe disease.

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