The Pandemic, Delta, and Omicron variant


Published: December 20, 2021

The New Version of the COVID Omicron …

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Summary

Well, here we are less than a week before Christmas, and over in Europe, and Asia they are shutting down various non-essential activities. Concerts, theaters, restaurants, and other places where large crowds gather are shutting down. Now it has moved into the United States, the omicron variant.

Here in the US, airports travelers are in the millions, and in New York, the city is under siege again, and they, like Europe, are beginning to shut down facilities that have many people that gather at events. It seems that the public has stated, no matter what, family and friends will be seen this year after not being seen for the past two years.

With all that said, how will the new variant affect your business? Will your customers continue to come into your place of business physically, or will they look for alternative ways to do business with you, like online or through your website? It seems like we are back to where we were in March 2020. However, the question is, did you learn anything from the past shutdown? That you can now implement into your business?

Working Away From the Office or Business

Katherine Bindleh wrote on Saturday/Sunday, December 18-19, 2021, in the WSJ on how many office workers find it difficult to work from home. The family does not seem to respect their time at home doing work. Thus, the constant interruptions, dealing with the children, and other activities others should handle.

Then others missed the office environment, the interaction with others, and the entire office atmosphere. Then some enjoy working at home, and they feel more liberated, for they can do things that they would typically pay others to do, such as babysitting or doing odd errands, which will save them money. And for the most part, productivity has not lessened due to employees working from home.

Employers look at this with mixed views. Employees can save money by reducing the office space size needed to house their employees. Thus, money saved added to the bottom line. Welcome to our new normal.

What You Need to Understand About the new Variant

Here is what we know:

  • The new variant is spreadable more quickly than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus; what is unknown is how quickly this virus spreads compared to the Delta virus. Anyone with the Omicron virus is expected to spread it to others even if they are vaccinated and don’t have symptoms.
  • It is unknown from the data on hand that the omicron infections are more deadly than the Delta variant. It is known that it is more infectious than the Delta, and not known how this virus will affect those who are vaccinated. Will they get the virus, called breakthrough infections, in people who are fully vaccinated?
  • Consequently, the vaccines in the market are expected to protect people against any severe illness, or hospitalizations, deaths. Nevertheless, breakthrough infections are expected. It is further suggested that those not vaccinated get vaccinated and get booster shots.
  • Presently scientists are working to establish how well the current treatments of COVID-19 are working. So, due to the make-up of the Omicron virus, some treatments will remain effective, while others will be less effective.

Places you Should not Attend During the Holiday’s

WBEX Chicago News updated its article on December 18, 2021, where you can go safely during the holiday season. Deja Vu, anyone? Did we not go through this same thing last year? And here we go again. The holiday season is here, and we are restricted in the activities that we can do safely with family, friends and enjoy the holiday festivities.

The CDC has suggested that in January 2022, the Omicron variant will be the dominant virus in the US. Nevertheless, the great news is that we are in a better place than we were last year this same time due to the vaccines being distributed and used by the public. So, continue to mask up, keep your social distancing, wash your hands, and get your booster shots is your first defense.

Microsoft also did an article on places you should not go to due to the fastly moving Ominicrom virus:

  • Indoor Events; significant indoor events, such as stadiums, arenas, museums. Any place where you can not practice social distancing. And there is no air moving freely within space to move the virus.
  • Restaurants; or any eating establishment where people are congregating without masks, and it is indoors with no moving air.
  • Bars; fall within the same category of restaurants, and according to Dr. Thomas Murray, who is an infectious disease specialist at Yale-New Haven Hospital. They are worse than restaurants due to the seating arrangements, which dispels the social distancing of people in general, and the removal of masks.
  • Movie Theaters; have seats that are close together,  so this aspect eliminates social distancing, low ceilings, and poor ventilation, which can cause viruses to spread. Plus, you do not know who the people are, and if they have been vaccinated, or had their boosters, so it is valid with the facilities mentioned above.
  • Places of Worship; should be avoided if the virus protection protocol is not practiced, such as wearing masks, social distancing, using sanitizers, and knowing who is or is not vaccinated. So says Kirsten Bechtel, MD, a Yale School of Medicine pediatrician.
  • Public Transportation; which includes buses, taxis, trains, airplanes. Or anywhere where people are forced to spend much time together. And they are never considered sanitary an issue until the pandemic.

Conclusion

As the United States prepares to celebrate these holiday activities with family, friends, and acquaintances, we should be mindful of the new health protocol that could be with us in the foreseeable future. Hence, and due to the recklessness of treating this pandemic, with the highest death rate in the world, most countries have put a tour ban on the United States of their citizens coming here, or we go there. Thus, it will put a damper on many families’ travel plans for the holiday.

So as a business person, how will this affect your business this holiday season? Do you have a website, or must you redo it for the perilous times we now live in to get people to continue to do business with you through e-commerce or curbside pickup? Is it time to readjust your business plan or business model to deal with the new normal and challenges of doing business during the pandemic? Experts say we must learn to live with this disease, for it is not going anywhere soon.

Thus, If my agency can help your organization implement an e-commerce site or suggest a granular solution for your business, I recommend booking time on my calendar for a free consultation.

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Dr. Donald E. Mitchell work as a Small Business Consultant specializing in value solutions partnering, management software, digital transformation, digital marketing, e-commerce, website development, and alternative financing.  The primary focus is on small business growth and solutions for growth through sales and digital marketing.

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