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What the omicron variant may tell us about the course of this pandemic
On Friday, the World Health Organization declared a new, possibly more infectious, coronavirus variant of concern named omicron. The variant, which was first identified in South Africa, led several countries including Canada to impose new travel limitations in an effort to contain its spread. Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious diseases physician at St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, Ont. speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about what we know – and don't – about omicron at this point, the role these new restrictions could play, and what the development could mean for our progress in this pandemic.