“Here’s one big question you’d probably like the answer to: Does omicron push endemicity farther off into the future? Or could it actually speed up our path to endemicity by infecting so much of the population so swiftly that we more quickly develop a layer of natural immunity?” Experts would like the answer to that question too. Despite omicron, Covid-19 will become endemic. Here’s how.

+ U.S., U.K. and other nations shatter Covid records amid omicron surge.

+ Delta’s CEO asked the CDC for a 5-day isolation. Some flight attendants feel at risk.

+ Yes, the virus is spreading faster than ever. But hospitalizations are not going up that quickly, if, and this is a big if, you live in a place where the vax rate is high. To some extent, that’s been true since we had vaccines. Barry Ritholtz looks at the maps. After Vaccines: Where Covid Death Rates Have Risen. If these trends don’t convince folks to voluntarily get vaxed, nothing will.