As the Biden administration lays the groundwork to fast-track an omicron-specific Covid-19 vaccine, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb recommends sticking with the "ancestral strain" for as long as possible to provide better protection against "the full complement of different variants."
World Health Organization officials say the safety measures used to combat other Covid-19 variants throughout the pandemic should also adequately protect against omicron— but for the holiday season in particular, experts have offered six specific considerations for staying safe.
Early data from South Africa suggests that, while the omicron variant spreads remarkably quickly, it may cause relatively mild Covid-19 symptoms. But public health experts warn omicron may appear mild only because—so far—it's spreading in populations that already have widespread immunity from prior coronavirus waves.
On average, workers who do not use the full balance of their flexible spending accounts collectively forfeit an estimated $400 million every year. Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Jessica Roy suggests 11 ways to spend remaining funds before they expire.