Disruption, dismay, dissent: Americans grapple with omicron’s rise

Andrew Noymer, [associate] public health professor at the University of California, Irvine, said that the Omicron variant has been “legitimately complicated” for many Americans to comprehend, since it clearly differs from previous variants. “Omicron is milder than Delta, but it’s more transmissible,” he said. “It’s changing two things at once.”