As the omicron variant continues to spread, and rather swiftly, there are a number of disparate opinions as to the severity of the latest mutation of the coronavirus, and this has provided us with some heavy mixed messaging.
On one hand, we have the doctors in South Africa who first encountered omicron telling us that this is a much milder strain of COVID-19 than the delta variant, albeit one that spreads far more easily.
But the CDC and the Biden administration continue to push some gloomy predictions out there for the nation to see, and now the World Health Organization is taking a downright depressing stance on the whole thing.
The World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) warned Tuesday there is too much at stake to celebrate Christmas this year, cautioning it is better to either cancel or postpone the annual festivities than risk the death of a loved one.
W.H.O. director-general and Ethiopian biologist Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists in Geneva the “fastest way” to “get back to normal” is for people to cancel or delay Christmas events, the Daily Mail reports.
Dr Ghebreyesu continued to say, “an event cancelled is better than a life cancelled. It’s better to cancel now and celebrate later than to celebrate now and grieve later.”
The W.H.O. has not previously issued a global decree to cancel any other religious holidays such as the Muslim’s Eid or the Hindu’s Diwali as a result of coronavirus.
The declaration is sure to be met with severe criticism, especially here in the United States, where a decent chunk of the population is concerned that the constant fluctuations in the coronavirus pandemic are the machinations of an out-of-control government attempting to exert control over a restless population.