The omicron variant asks new questions with few answers

And as the omicron variant spreads, which appears to have surfaced first in South Africa, officials are struggling to explain it. “I’ve been huddling with my colleagues in the field about this and nobody really knows yet. We’re all trying to decipher what this means and the answer is nobody knows,” said Andrew Noymer, a University of California, Irvine professor of epidemiology. … Dr. Sanghyuk Shin, director of the UC Irvine Infectious Disease Science Initiative, said restaurants have the right idea and that government may need to step in to take things further.