Omicron delivers another uncertain holiday season to pandemic-weary Americans

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By Joseph Ax and Julia Harte (Reuters) – Americans face an uncertain and anxiety-filled holiday season for the second consecutive year, as the highly contagious Omicron variant threatens to intensify an already alarming surge of COVID-19 cases. Public health officials have voiced deepening concerns about the rising number of infections, warning that hospitals – still fighting the effects of the Delta variant – could find themselves stretched beyond their limits if the two variants combine to create a fresh wave. While states have not sought to impose broad shutdowns, the disease’s advances hav…

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