Omicron variant surges as people scramble for tests

But Andrew Noymer, a University of Irvine, California [associate professor of public health] and epidemiologist said it can still cause significant problems. He expects the sheer number of people infected to force overcrowding in hospitals even though it tends to be less severe. That means, he said, that people need to continue to observe local protocols and get tested. … The best way, he said, are the in-person tests paired with vaccines and boosters.