Yes, the scientists advising the government of South Africa - where Omicron is now the dominant strain - say tracing and quarantining the contacts of infected people is a waste of time.
This cool-headed advice is exactly the opposite of the panic in wealthy European countries (and certain blue states).
Of course - unlike wealthy European countries - South Africa has tens of millions of extremely poor people. It can no longer afford to engage in viral theater to satisfy public health fanatics over a strain that looks more and more like a cold.
The prospect of nationwide food riots will tend to concentrate the mind.
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