Britain's upcoming bleak winter
If the news from Britain is anything to go by, the upcoming winter for the United Kingdom is likely to be a bleak, miserable, and stiff one. From potentially exponential increases in the volume of omicron cases, to the dangerous onus borne by the already overloaded NHS, to the threat of new mutations and variants emerging from runaway transformations and transfigurations to the virus; if one thing's clear, it's that the Omicron variant is likely to pose more of a threat than many may currently take it to, on the basis of the ostensibly mild symptoms it induces in its patients.
Initial results suggest that Omicron is significantly more transmissible than Delta (and other COVID-19 variants), as well as bearing the capability of evading vaccination and natural immunity. Even if it were the case that its mortality rates and virulence pale somewhat in juxtaposition to other COVID-19 variants, the potential repercussions of an unbridled, unrestrained spread of the variant cannot and must not be slighted: all it takes for the NHS to be overrun, is for a small minority (relatively small) of a gargantuan population to be hospitalised – and that's looking increasingly likely, given the former Vaccines Minister's reporting that there have already been hospitalisations in relation to the Omicron variant. ...