Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “How concerned are you about the new COVID-19 variant, omicron?” Of the 225 people who responded, 55% answered, “Somewhat concerned, but I’m waiting to see more information about it.” Thirty-seven percent said they were “very concerned.” Only 8% of respondents said they were not concerned. Forty-nine people submitted comments. A few follow.
The only way out of this is for more and more to get vaccinated. The unvaccinated are the superspreaders.
It is troubling that we know so little about the new variant at this point. It has the potential to crash the economy and the stock market and to again throw the world into coronavirus pandemonium just as we have begun to come out of our veritable cocoons. Let us pray that our concerns are ultimately shown to have been unfounded.
It’s been a pleasure to witness the search for the science rather than wild speculation.
I am glad I got “boosted.”
Those who are at risk should take the necessary precautions. The rest of the world should not be locked down or have their freedoms infringed for this pandemic. Enough is enough.
We’re in this situation because of the people who refuse to be vaccinated. I’m a firm believer in vaccine mandates.
May delay getting booster until we know more in case they alter it to better address new variants.
We are very concerned about COVID so I don’t know how we can get even more concerned about another variant, because there are numerous variants. There is only so many times the media can make us hysterical. The media cries wolf or tells us the sky is falling so often that it is tough to get crazy over and over and over again.
At some point we need to get on with our lives.
I’m so tired of living an isolated life. I feel now like taking some risk is necessary for me to enjoy myself.
I have been so anxious and fearful throughout this entire pandemic that I’m actually just running out of space in my brain to worry with.
With the unlimited support that the federal government is giving to big pharma, we justifiably expect that big pharma will provide a solution to omicron. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick