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Economist Forecasts Omicron’s Infectiousness

Remember alpha, the first COVID-19 variant? It first appeared in Great Britain in late 2020. Alpha put the world on alert that mutations can change everything we thought we knew — within mere weeks — about what to expect from COVID-19. Back then, economist Peter Reinhard Hansen was skeptical of reports that alpha was 50% more infectious than the original coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 . . .

Published by the University of North Carolina, College of Arts and Sciences, in February 2022