As COVID mandates ease around LA County, officials are on watch for BA.2 variant

“Omicron was milder than delta, on a case-by-case basis, but it killed more people because so many got it,” said Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health], an expert in infectious disease and pandemics at UC Irvine. … The bottom line, Noymer said, is that even if we think we’re headed into an endemic phase — COVID-19 is here, and it’s not going away. Even if BA.2 fizzles out, “it’s not going to be omicron forever,” he said. New variants will likely a reality for a long time, experts say. “Living with uncertainty,” Noymer said, “is the name of the game for the time being.”