A new poll shows that the omicron variant of the coronaviruses is unlikely to affect peoples' everyday behavior, as few respondents said they were planning to make changes like not dining indoors or canceling holiday plans over the variant.
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Almost all of the people surveyed had heard of the omicron variant, and almost all of the people surveyed were aware of the variant.
When asked if they wear a mask at all times when indoors and in public in light of the omicron variant, a majority of people said yes, as compared to a minority who only wore one occasionally.
Only 33% of people said they would stop dining indoors because of omicron.
Only 23% of people said they would cancel their holiday travel plans because of the variant.
Some companies have delayed their return to the office plans because of omicron, but only 13% of employed respondents said the variant would stop them from going to the office or place of employment.
Most respondents support mask mandates to curb the variant's spread, but only a small percentage would back temporary lockdown measures to slow transmission.
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17. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the omicron variant has been detected in more than one state.
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The White House has imposed a travel ban on visitors from several southern African countries, despite the fact that President Joe Biden has not imposed any new domestic Covid-19 restrictions. A majority of both Democrats and Republicans supported a travel ban on people from other countries, but only 45% supported a restriction on US citizens entering the country. A majority of people would support a vaccine mandate for air travel.
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Since the omicron variant was first detected in southern Africa on November 24, countries have imposed new travel restrictions and other measures to control its spread. The variant has been found in dozens of countries, though it's still not known much about it. Experts caution that it is too early to draw any conclusions from the early signs out of countries like South Africa, Norway and the United Kingdom. There is no clear data on the effectiveness of the variant, but it has sparked fears that it could be more resistant to current Covid-19 vaccines. Public health experts and officials have urged people to get their initial Covid-19 vaccines and booster shots now and not hold off, as vaccine manufacturers are preparing to modify their shots to protect against omicron if necessary.
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