Omicron variant encourages some to move past Covid-19 precautions, despite risks

Karen Edwards, [professor of public health], an epidemiologist, at the University of California, Irvine, says the threat of Covid-19 means you should avoid eating and drinking in public if you can. More interactions between potentially infected people will give the virus more pathways to spread and potentially mutate, she says. “If we had a variant that caused severe disease like Delta and was as transmissible as Omicron, we wouldn’t want to see that,” Edwards says. More transmission also threatens immunocompromised people, Dr. Edwards says.