Is omicron more deadly? Understanding new COVID variant will take time

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Three questions loom about the newly detected omicron variant of the coronavirus: Is it more transmissible than delta? Does it make people sicker? How much protection does vaccination or a prior infection provide against it?

The answer to all three is an unsatisfying “We don’t know yet.”

People are in for an anxious couple of weeks as data is collected, patient records are scoured, hospitalizations are tracked and blood samples are tested.

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