1. It seems everybody but those strictly shielding will be exposed to it.
2. It seems likely to be mild, with many infected having little or no symptoms.
3. Those infected will gain significant immunity to Covid-19.
4. If this is replicated throughout the rest of the world, that may be the end of Covid-19 as a threat.
5. But it is spreading so rapidly that most of the population will be infected in January.
If that happens, dangerous consequences come with it: many vital staff, nurses, doctors, lorry drivers, etc., will be off isolating at the same time. How will the hospitals, food and fuel suppliers operate?
Will we have to accept infection as less of a threat than the loss of life and suffering that isolating the infected would inflict? If so, are we mentally prepared to have infectious people care for us in hospital, serve us in shops and other necessary venues?
Ideally, slowing the spread - dampening the curve - would prevent that. But I doubt enough people will be willing to limit their exposure. If that is the case, the government will again be faced with letting it rip or imposing lockdown. And the latter seems unlikely to succeed, given the understandable distrust of government, and belief in conspiracy theories.
Most likely many will have to see it with their eyes before they will accept the danger, by which time it will be a fact of history, not a possibility to be avoided.
We should be deeply thankful to the Lord that Omicron is much milder, rather than much more severe. Had the variant been as bad as Delta, or even worse like SARS or MERS, we would be in an apocalypse.
⏭Ian Major grew up a heathen Protestant, was converted at 17. He lives out his Evangelical faith as a Baptist.