First it was your cousin and her partner. Then a few days later, your bestie texted you with the news. And then your colleague. Within a week, practically everyone you know had either tested positive for the Omicron variant or had been exposed. While some had cold or flu-like symptoms, most people kind of felt…fine. And if you’ve still somehow managed to not get it, you may be wondering if it’s even worth taking the necessary precautions (masking, social distancing) to avoid it—maybe you should just get Omicron over with already.
“Fortunately, for both unvaccinated and vaccinated, Omicron symptoms are generally much less severe than with prior variants,” Michael Blaivas, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Anavasi Diagnostics, tells us. And while this is definitely good news, the doctor cautions that getting Omicron isn’t something people should be trying to do deliberately. Here, five very compelling reasons why, according to the experts.