Even as families and friends gathered for the Thanksgiving long weekend, global concern mounted over the omicron variant of the coronavirus – presenting them with a potentially serious new risk to consider when planning. the rest of the holiday season and beyond.
As Bay Area residents expressed dismay at this last possible wrinkle in their hopes for a more normal holiday season, local experts told The Chronicle on Sunday that it was good to be at the current, but not to panic about the new variant. They said based on the information to date, they have not changed their own plans. But they have repeatedly stressed the importance of COVID vaccinations, boosters and other health precautions.