Omicron optimist, pessimist or fatalist: Which are you?

The variant has shown that Sars-CoV-2 can mutate more dramatically than we had hoped. Governments must stay vigilant.

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Is this the point at which we should shrug our shoulders and give up? Omicron has prompted three kinds of reaction: optimism, pessimism and fatalism.

The optimists argue that the variant is "nature's vaccine", a mild and transmissible virus that will quickly infect billions, triggering an immune response that will provide protection against deadlier variants such as Delta. The pandemic is over, and we won.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 17, 2022, with the headline Omicron optimist, pessimist or fatalist: Which are you?. Subscribe